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FEBRUARY 2013 24 COVER STORY He’s on Fire! 04 Events Alter Ego 06 World Events 85th Acadamy Awards 07 Travel Kenya 09 Food/Drink NAGA

31 Ne-Yo

12 Gallery Jane McAdam Freud 16 Fashion/Beauty Miss Jamaica UK 20 Theatre Ballet Revolucion 26 Music New Releases 37 Screen Django 41 Clubs DJ Karizma 42 Literature/ Spoken Word MonologueSlam UK 43 Comedy Listings 46 Breaktime Get your jokes on

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Welcome to Lime’s fourth EDITION annual Love Edition. This month there are some fantastic shows and events round the corner, so make sure you don’t miss out! It’s also Valentine’s Day this month so we’ve pulled together some things to get you in the mood for the month of love and see what are interviewees have to say when it comes to February 14th. Plus your usual dose of news, exclusives and comps! Enjoy...

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February Alter Ego As part of Discover Young Hackney, a Hackney Council initiative, Kat B (MTV Base) hosts an entertainment spectacular, featuring top guest artists including Paigey Cakey plus many more. Alter Ego sees Hackney’s young singers, dancers, rappers, actors and comedians all competing for the title Alter Ego


February 2013 YSLEEP’s Fundraising Dinner &Dance

2013. The winner of Alter Ego will receive professional industry mentoring and have exciting opportunities to perform throughout 2013. More prizes and full line up to be announced! Info: 7.30pm, www. Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe St, SE16 5HW. For Tickets text Charlie Max Macarthy: 07949233836. ysleepukandsl


February Chinese New Year Celebrations 2013

Join YSLEEP (Young Sierra Leoneans’ Educational & Empowerment Project) as they celebrate 12 years in style at a fundraising dinner and dance. YSLEEP’s main aim is to advance education, promote health, and empower young Sierra Leoneans’ in Sierra Leone so that they will become self sufficient, worthwhile participants in the development of their community and their country as a whole. During the last 12 years YSLEEP has embarked on a series of projects to help empower young women and men; more recently looking at new initiatives including the ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ project. Info: 7pm-1am, Hilton London Docklands 4 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

In an event supported by Tower Hamlets Council, East End Community Foundation, News International and SeeWoo Foods Limited. This year’s Chinese New Year Celebration is free and open to all, this event aims to be an occasion in which people from different communities and cultures join together and share the joy of the Chinese New Year.

by the Jimmy Lee’s UK Pak Mei Kung Fu Club. Traditional Chinese music ensemble played by the UK Chinese Ensemble led by world-famous pipa (4-stringed Chinese lute) performer Dr Cheng Yu. Chinese folk dance performed by the awardwinning Harrow Chinese School Dance Group. Plus Music from recently premiered ‘Snapshots’, an autobiographical work composed by the superlative multiinstrumentalist Liz Chi Yen Liew and performed by herself (piano, violin) and Dennis Kwong Thye Lee (xiao - flute, guzheng - zither). Visitors can also try delicious Chinese food and purchase arts and craft products at charity stalls, or join in on children’s arts workshops including watercolour painting and sand painting. Info: 11am-5pm. www.


- 24 February Imagine Children’s Festival

This year’s Imagine Children’s Festival is all about the kids taking over! Southbank Centre will be transformed BY children FOR children, as well as hosting the top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities throughout the festival or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show! Sponsored by the Book People. Info: www.

Project Soul (Credit: Paul Hampartsou


til 14 February Cirque du SoleilKOOZA This year Cirque du Soleil has returned to the Royal Albert Hall with their sensational show KOOZA, coming to the UK for the first time. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil, combining the two circus traditions of acrobatics and clowning in spectacular style. Set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills and chills, it tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world, through contortionists, trapezeartists, the high wire and the breathtaking ‘Wheel of Death’. Info: www.royalalberthall. com

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-06 May Breakin’ Convention 10th Anniversary Sadler’s Wells’ internationally celebrated three-day festival, Breakin’ Convention is back for its 10th year with a special anniversary programme celebrating the past decade of hip hop dance theatre from around the world and the UK.



February Showcase Cities

In an evening of Contemporary Visual Art and Performance visitors can expect beautifully presented exhibitions; a fantastic opportunity to see emerging artists display new works and ideas, live music from a selection of excellent unsigned soloists and quirky roaming theatre too! Info: 6pm,


March 2 Inspire Network Ladies Day 2 Inspire Network Ladies Day presents an event that aims to be an empowering and inspiring feminine experience where participants can share,


- 10 March Women of the World Festival

WOW is an annual global festival where women and men of all ages and backgrounds celebrate women’s achievements and discuss the obstacles they face across the world. Join in for a diverse programme of keynote talks,

learn and grow. This year’s 2 inspire Ladies Day will mark International Women’s Day and is titled “Celebrating the Creativity of Women”. A free event where women run businesses, particularly creative businesses such as artists, fashion designers etc will exhibit their

performances, concerts, talks, gigs, debates and free music. Visit our marketplace, exhibitions and workshops. Take part in speed-mentoring, networking opportunities and more. Throughout the festival see the very best of recognised and emerging female talent across all fields including politics, the arts, economics, fashion, science, health, sport, business and education. Info: www. products and services. The event programme includes a number of workshops to meet lifestyle, personal and business development of attendees and also an entertainment segment, all of which, will include contributions from writers, bloggers, poets and artistic performers. This is an event to promote and celebrate the creative talent of women. Info: 11am-6pm,


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Docklands, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 4AL.

Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, this 10th anniversary programme comprises performance highlights from past festivals including gravity defying, quick-fire moves from Project Soul (Korea), effortless contortions from Salah (France) and ILLAbilities (International) a breakdance company that challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities. As well as this Breakin’ Convention will present some of the newest hip hop dance forms seen for the first time in the UK. For the first time in its history, Breakin’ Convention dedicates Monday evening solely to talent from the UK, to celebrate the significant development in home-grown hip hop dance theatre over the past decade. Ten companies, including Boy Blue,ZooNation, Avant Garde and Bad Taste Cru, will be commissioned to create a 10 minute piece, all of which will be premiered at Breakin’ Convention. As well as performances from the very best in hip hop dance theatre there is also a full programme of foyer events, workshops, DJs, freestyle sessions and live aerosol art. Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2013



February The 44th NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of colour in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavours. The NAACP Image Awards recognizes the exemplary works by, for, and relevant to people of colour. Comedian, author, radio and talk show host, Steve Harvey will host and Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes and Tony Goldwyn will be part of an all-star line-up to present at the 44th NAACP Image Awards. Info: www.

representation of the local ad global beauty products, hair, fragrances and well-being industries for the wider East African region and provides a very optimistic outlook to those who shape and help evolve this vibrant and colourful market. Exhibition product range; cosmetics (professional/ public), beauty equipment, spa products, personal supplies of nail & foot care products, professional beauty salon furniture, bath & bathroom supplies, shaving products, beauty products, packaging diet & nutrition, fashion accessories, professional publications and so much more. Info: Kenyatta International Conference Centre. www.

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February Fashion High Tea

This is an opportunity to explore the prospects of business growth and to learn what the rest of the world is doing in the Beauty, Hair & Well Being Industry. Beauty East Africa is a multi-faceted 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2013


February The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

The Fashion High Tea is a very high profile event that we have put together for the upwardly mobile discerning professional, to indulge in their favourite pastimes, i.e. fashion, shopping and socializing while indulging in luxury and sophistication atmosphere. This year’s event is sponsored by – Nairobi VIP, Kiss Fm, Xfm, Heineken, Skyy Vodka, Patron, Naked Grousse, Nomadic Tents, Majestic Printers and Prestige Magazine. Info:

celebrates 55 years of independence. People all over will celebrate the achievements of the nation.

16 Jay Z & Kanye West, Maroon 5, Adele, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Fun, Miguel are just some of the contenders that are up for the much coveted Grammy Awards this year. Info:



February East Africa Beauty and Wellbeing EXPO

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-18 February The 42nd Annual Agriculture and Food Fair The US Virgin Islands presents Agrifest 2013Agriculture; grow, eat and live. Filled with many activities for the whole family, Agrifest captures fair goers and non-fair goers alike repeatedly. Info:


February 85th Acadamy Awards The Oscars are back! Honouring the best films of 2012. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Info:


March Ghana Independence Ghana was the first African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence in 1957. This year Ghana

March Cape Town Carnival The 4th annual Cape Town Carnival ignites the Mother City will excite and unite the community with a spectacular celebration showcasing art, music and dance. The Cape Town Carnival celebrates diversity, promoting social harmonisation, economic development and tourism and facilitating training and development, particularly among the youth and broader community of Cape Town. Info: Fan Walk, Somerset Street, Green Point. www.



July African Gospel Music awards The Africa Gospel Music Association and AGMA serves as the face and voice for the African gospel/Christian music community worldwide and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through Africafusion music of all styles. Expect another exciting showcase this year as Africa gathers for a night of gospel glamour, celebration and appreciation of talent. Info: www.

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Global Restaurant Review: Carnivore Lime Rating: Words: Vernia Mengot The Tamarind Group is responsible for an array of dining experiences within Nairobi and Mombasa; Kenya and Johannesburg; South Africa. Enjoy authentic African cuisine and dining at ‘Africa’s greatest eating experience’ that is The Carnivore. It’s an amazing place that boasts a whole host of exciting delicacies, traditional food with an unforgettable atmosphere and outstanding service. On arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and seated by the spectacular Simba

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culture you can visit places like Gedi one of Kenya’s great unknown treasures, Mount Kenya National Park, Haller Wildlife Park , The Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi Safari Walk and many more. Saloon and Carnivore gardens. Accompanied by a group of family, I was offered drinks and a high recommendation of a huge variety of meats; roasted over a charcoal fire. Carved at our table this included; roasted turkey, a mouth-watering leg of lamb and pork sausages complimented by seasoned potatoes and grilled mixed vegetables. The delectable flavours of the vegetables and tasteful tender meats were cooked to perfection. Later a selection of desserts which included; apple pie, chocolate fudge brownie with toasted almonds and flavoured of ice cream joined our

To relax you might find yourself heading for the pristine beaches of Mombasa, where you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and soak up the sun. When I visited Kenya, I had the opportunity to see some of Kenya’s wildlife at

table. This completed the dining experience and proved an extraordinary feast. The atmosphere provides a rustic feel and fine banqueting under one roof. A must visit should

A few key facts: • Kenya lies on the equator. • Land area of 580,000 km2 • Population of a little over 43 million residents • The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africa’s highest mountain peaks • Average temperature 28° Info: www.magicalkenya. com

you happen to pass by. Information: Carnivore, P.O Box 56685, Nairobi, 00200, Kenya. Telephone: (254)20 6005933. www.



of things to see and do. Amongst the timeless cultures, pristine beaches, coral reef and equatorial forests. Kenya presents endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; it’s more than you would ever expect. The capital of this beauteous country is none other than the largest city Nairobi. Nairobi boasts a wealth of tourist attractions for family filled adventure and discovery. Some attractions include the famous Maasai Mara, where you can travel through and explore a cultural and wildlife safari. The Maasai Mara presents open planes of Africa where you’ll see an exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Walking safari’s are the best way to discover the African bush at its best. Proven to be a real adrenaline rush, you can get up and close and personal to animals of your wildest dreams. If you looking to learn more about Kenya’s


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Lime’s Recipe of the month! Chinese Spring Rolls

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. So this month in Lime why not try your hands at these popular light, stir-fried bites that can be served with fruity chutney, an oriental style salad or even as party nibbles. You will need: • 150g bean sprouts • 4 spring onions • 4 carrots • 115g sliced bamboo shoots • 115g white mushrooms • 3 tbsp vegetable oil • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp light brown sugar • 1 tbsp light soy sauce • 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry

sherry • 270g/ 6 sheets Filo Pastry (Serves 6) To begin cut all the vegetables into thin shreds so that they are roughly all the same size. Next you need to heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the vegetables for about one minute. Add the salt, sugar, soy sauce and rice wine or sherry and continue stirring for two minutes. Remove the stir-fried vegetables from the wok, drain the excess liquid and then leave to cool. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. To make the spring rolls, unroll the filo pastry, keeping the sheets in a stack. Then, using a sharp knife

cut pastry in half diagonally, then place about 1 tbsp of the stir-fried vegetable mixture one third of the way down the sheet, with the triangle pointing away from you. Lift the lower flap over the filling and roll it up once. Fold in both ends and roll once more and then brush some oil the end to seal. Lightly dust the tray with flour and place the spring rolls on the tray with the flap side down. Repeat with the remaining filo strips and filling. Bake the rolls for 12–15 minutes until golden and crisp. Finally transfer to a wire rack and allow the rolls to cool slightly before serving.


-14 April The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show Cake International The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show returns to ExCeL, London for its second year, and promises to be more vibrant, inspiring and irresistible than ever! You’ll find all the sugarcraft, cake decorating and baking supplies you could ever imagine, plus a variety of features, demonstrations, workshops and displays. There’s numerous competition classes, plus the opportunity to meet and glean advice from industry experts. You can never have too much cake, so come along and enjoy! Info: www.


-28 April The London Coffee Festival The London Coffee Festival is the flagship event of UK


Coffee Week and celebrates London’s bustling and

vibrant coffee scene. With over 15,000 coffee lovers and foodies, professional baristas, coffee shop owners and top decisionmakers expected to attend, The London Coffee Festival promises to be an unmissable event for all coffee lovers and industry folk alike. The festival will feature artisan coffee and gourmet

food stalls, tastings, demonstrations from world-class Baristas, live entertainment and music in the uniquely themed zones. 50% of all ticket sales to The London Coffee Festival will go towards Project Waterfall, the charitable component of UK Coffee Week. Info: www.

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Zoilo restaurant Words: Victoria Woode Lime rating: I went down to the newly opened Argentinian restaurant Zoilo located in the heart of London! I was swiftly escorted to the downstairs bar and eating area located directly in front of an open kitchen. The seating made a nice change to most restaurants. For my starter I sampled ‘Empanda’s’, traditional Argentinian pastries, similar to mini patties. I tried two versions; one contained chicken, grilled peppers and cumin, this was nice but nothing special, however the vegetarian version was delicious! Spinach, raisins and pine nuts encased in golden pastry. The texture and flavours really complimented one another. For my main obviously steak would be the way to go whilst dining at south American eatery. I asked the waiter for my flank steak to be served well done, however he

with the chopsticks, but the staff were on hand to give us a crash course in ‘chopsticks for dummies’. Both starters tasted great! And I couldn’t wait to try a highly recommended chicken dish and five spiced crispy duck with Singapore vermicelli noodles selected from the menu. Although Semper had ordered Mongolian Lamb cutlets (an oriental

told me that the ‘Asado’ (flank steak) is to be served medium....I wasn’t impressed as I know how I like my steak, but I chose not to this as its the chefs creation. My steak arrived (too pink for my liking) accompanied with celaric and bone marrow and a separate side order of Potato and leek gratin. I really struggled with the steak as it was soft and a little bloody, I wasn’t so keen on the potato gratin

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take on lamb shanks) with Naga’s special fried rice, he seemed far more interested in chomping on my char-grilled chicken with lemongrass and fresh chilli, leaving me with only a few to get involved in. I think that says it all. The portions were generous and I struggled to finish the majority of my dishes. However in true Vernia style, there

as there wasn’t much flavour. Time for desert and I was lucky enough to try two sweet treats. The chocolate cake served with berries and yoghurt sorbet was near to perfect. The cake was rich and firm, more like a torte than a cake, the bitter berries really balanced out the sweetness. I also tasted the Creme Brule and banana split ice cream. This ice-cream was incredibly tasty and


was definitely room for dessert, a bit western it wasn’t much to die for. But nevertheless we both indulged ourselves in chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream, a decent way to end our Pan Asian experience. Having already won Best Chinese Restaurant in London at the prestigious Asian Curry Awards; Naga is an exceptional restaurant with quality dishes and has a thriving atmosphere should you visit on a Friday evening. I highly recommend Naga if you’re after classic Chinese food. Info: Naga, 2 Abingdon Road, London, W8 6AF|020 7795 6060| www.nagarestaurants.| Tues-Sun 12pm2.30pm Mon-Sun 6.3011pm.

contained fresh pieces of banana mixed which made it even more special! Overall I wasn’t impressed with the food itself as it wasn’t too my taste. What I did enjoy was the ambience of the venue, the sophistication, intimate setting, soft background music and unique layout! Zoilo is a good choice for a date, but ask for a kitchen seat to really soak up the atmosphere! Info: 9 Duke Street, London, W1U 3EG, www.



Naga, Kensington Words: Vernia Mengot Lime Rating: It was a freezing cold Friday lunchtime and there was nothing more exciting than the thought of gearing up to try some of the best, Pan Asian cuisine Kensington has to offer. On arrival Semper and I were greeted by friendly staff and seated in the restaurant which boasted modern decor and a contemporary design. To start we went in, with Semper being adventurous and opting for Pho – a Vietnamese Beef Rice Noodle Soup complete with chilli, coriander, spring onions and bean sprouts. I on the other hand, played it safe and went for Bo La Lot; vine leaves stuffed with char-grilled beef. It was a bit tricky getting to grips



Tea, Cardamom Syrup and Baobab garnished with cinnamon stick. Alternatively, why not try the alcohol free Bao-Bab with Apple Juice and Pineapple Juice, Red Bush Tea, Cardomon and Clove Syrup with Warm Pear Puree and of course Baobab, garnished with a cinnamon stick. This year ‘Being Healthy’ will be


Mile High Lands in London Tortilla Restaurant, The Strand Words: Vernia Mengot Lime rating: On entry Tortilla resembled a Mexican version of Subway, with the queue pilling out of the door, it was obvious that the demand for an express CaliforniaMexican meal at lunchtime in an area such as The Strand was high. After selecting my choice from the varied menu of burritos, fajita’s and taco’s; I decided to opt for a large burrito filled with grilled chicken, Mexican rice, black beans and hot salsa with Monterey Jack cheese. For £5.95 what I thought was a simple


burrito turned into a satisfying meal that made me extremely grateful for the elastic around my waist. Between crunching on tortilla crisps and devouring my burrito I admired the canteen/ urban coffee shop style I was seated in. Complete with lounge music in the background the restaurant began to fill up with hoards of young people lunching over chit chat. Although I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from my visit, I can conclude that I will be heading for Tortilla again. Info: 460 The Strand, London ,WC2R 0RG|

Thinking about booking your next holiday for a bit of escapism? Well, now it is even easier than you think to enjoy that city break experience, thanks to the launch of Mile High on March 13th 2012. Mile High will be an innovative and culturally rich series of ‘quick breaks’ popping up four times throughout the year where you can visit Göteborg, Beirut, Sicily and even Mozambique without actually, physically leaving London. An innovative new series of immersive events will launch this year combining food from one of London’s most exciting young chefs with music, cocktails and a little creative interaction. Popping up in West

a goal that will be more pleasure than pain. Start the year as you mean to go on! Info: Shaka Zulu Restaurant, Lounge and bar, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AB, 0203 376 9911. www. www.


Shaka Zulu proudly present the wonder product of 2013, launching two non-alcoholic and alcoholic concoctions using Aduna’s Baobab. Baobab, a natural supplement taken from Africa’s Baobab Tree, or ‘the tree of life’, a symbolic image of the African savannah which has been one of the undiscovered wonders of the world, until now. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, thiamin and fibre as well as a good source of vitamin B6, these nutrients

help support energy metabolism, the immune system and help maintain normal blood pressure and on top of all this, Baobab also has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit in the world! It has been used for centuries by the women of Africa as a source of natural wellbeing, benefiting skin, hair, general health and has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruits in the world. With the new Feel Good concoctions from Shaka Zulu, everyone can enjoy the benefits of Baobab in a delicious drink. Get set to be transported to the exotic plains of Africa and sip on the Bao-Bab cocktail with Courvoisier vs., Chambord Liqueur, Port, Red Bush

London four times in 2013, Mile High will transport adventure-seeking guests to a fantasy ‘city break’. Destination Göteborg 13th-16th March and 20th23rd March Secret West London Location Destination Beirut 1st-4th May and 8th-11th May Destination Sicily 12th-15th June and 19th22nd June Destination Mozambique 18th-21st September and 25th-28th September For booking and ticket prices please visit-www.milehigh. or

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Shaka Zulu launch the feel good Bao-Bab Cocktail with Aduna



February- 23 March Robert Rauschenberg: Jammers For the first time in the UK Robert Rauschenberg’s Jammers will be a major exhibition at Gagosian Gallery. Inspired by a month working in a textile centre at Ahmedabad, India, the Jammers are vast stretches of vibrantly coloured fabrics, hung loose on the walls or attached to bamboo rods like veils. This will be the first major UK solo exhibition dedicated to one of America’s most important and influential Pop Artists since his death five years ago. Info: Gagosian Gallery, 6 – 24 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JD.


February- 27 May Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Tate Modern is proud to present a retrospective of one of the great American artists of the twentieth century. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is the first full-scale retrospective of this important artist in over twenty years. Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this momentous show brings together 125 of his

highlighting key instigators of the contemporary jewellery movement. The exhibition will feature prominent UK and international jewellers including Wendy Ramshaw, renowned for her complex geometric designs, Hans Stofer’s intricate wire form jewellery, Gijs Bakker’s conceptual adornments and delicate abstract pieces by Dorothea Pruhl. Info: www.designmuseum. org


February-26 May Becoming Picasso, Paris 1901 This exhibition tells the remarkable story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist, in which he launched his career and reputation in Paris, offering a unique opportunity to experience the birth of Picasso’s genius. Focusing on the artist’s figure paintings, this exhibition demonstrates Picasso’s extraordinary creative achievements in 1901, as well as showcasing Picasso’s early works; the exhibition features a collection of essays by leading and emerging art scholars. Info:


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most definitive paintings and sculptures and will reassess his enduring legacy. Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. The exhibition showcases such key paintings. Room after room will pay tribute to his extraordinary oeuvre, celebrating the visual power and intellectual rigour of Roy Lichtenstein’s work. Info: Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG.


til 3 March Random International: Rain Room Random International invites you to experience what it’s like to control the rain. Visitors can choose to simply watch the spectacle or find their way carefully through the rain, putting their trust in the work to the test. More than the technical virtuosity necessary for its success, the piece relies on a sculptural rigour, with the entire Curve transformed by the monumental proportions of this carefully

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choreographed downpour and the sound of water. Random International are known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art. Their experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction and staged performance. Info:


til 5 March Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery Bringing together almost 200 objects from around the world, Unexpected Pleasures celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design. Curated by jewellery designer and maker Dr. Susan Cohn, the exhibition offers a survey of contemporary jewellery presented through a number of themes: Worn Out - celebrating the experience of wearing jewellery, Linking Links - looking at the ways in which meaning and narratives are expressed in jewellery and A Fine Line - offering insights into the origins of contemporary jewellery today,

til 10 March ALEXIS M TEPLIN: SSS T !!Part of The Rest is Noise Alexis M Teplin’s new body of work relates to the earliest moments of abstract art in the 20th century. Brightly coloured and abstract, Teplin’s paintings and sculptures visually reference Kandinsky’s approach of bringing music, colour and composition together. These works also integrate Aubrey Beardsley’s iconography of Salome, exploring the seductiveness of form alongside the flirtatiousness of Teplin’s lyrical colour. Info: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX. www.


til 28 April Light Show Light Show brings together sculptures and artworks that use light in different ways. The exhibition showcases artworks created since the 1960s. Light is used to sculpt and shape space, creating evocative environments and sensory works that play tricks with the viewer’s perception. From atmospheric, interactive pieces to intangible sculptures that you can move around and even through, visitors experience light in all of its spatial and sensory forms. Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2013



Words: Adelaide Damoah

Jane McAdam Freud Jis an internationally

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acclaimed, multi award winning British visual artist. Born in 1958, her work includes sculpture, installation, drawing, prints and digital media. A highly accomplished artist, McAdam Freud has work in private and public collections including the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the British Museum and the Greek National Gallery among other international museums. Daughter of one of the most widely known British painters in modern history- Lucian Freud, McAdam Freud kindly took time out of her busy schedule to express her thoughts on her career to date, her fathers influence, success and patriarchy in art. I read that you first discovered your passion for art at the age of three while playing in a sand pit! Is this a real memory, which, you can


actually recall, or is this something your parents told you about when you got older? It is a real memory of when I discovered my passion for the tactile, the power of the sensory and the joy of getting my hands dirty: in short my first sculptural experience. I get the sense that you have a real passion for what you do and that the desire to do it is intense and real. When do you first recall having the desire to become an artist? As far back as I can remember, with a complete overriding passion. I have always thought that it was the only thing to do and the thought inhabited every fibre of my being. Is it possible to distinguish whether or not that desire had something to do with your father? The intensity of the feeling may have had something to do with my father as his


It does not suit me to be pigeon holed intensity in general and especially for his work was something I experienced form so young, from birth: he was there at my birth. This level of intensity for life, for what one does is something I have always felt. Can you pin point how and why he influenced you to pursue an artistic career? I can remember wanting success as an artist with a passion from so very young. It was my secret wish with every pull of the wishbone. I looked at the catalogues my father left lying around our house all the time and became entranced with the figures, their haunting eyes and how they filled the picture plane. I was then very shy, my mother, a loner herself was quiet, and my father didn’t speak much so it was through images that I formed my views and from which I took my impressions.

You went to the Wimbledon College of Art, Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art. What courses did you study at those three colleges? I did a Foundation Course at Wimbledon College of Art, where I studied a bit of everything. At Central St. Martins I studied the same course in the same rooms as my father. Strangely it was a course I felt driven to do without reason, although I consider it to have been the best initial training I could have wished for. The course was called 3D design / Jewellery and it was that I learnt

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all the sorts of skills that I needed to make things, albeit on a small scale. It was designing for objects on the body; the way we designed, they bore little resemblance to what is conventionally viewed as jewellery in a commercial sense.

You won the British Art Medal Scholarship in Rome in 1986 and went on to study sculpture. Was it a conscious decision to study something other than painting- different from your father? When I was on Foundation at Wimbledon, I realised it would be ridiculous for me to study painting and try for an unachievable goal i.e. to make a mark in the field where I would have barely a chance of equalling my father. I wanted to do something for me, about how I experienced the world that rang true to me. Sculpture, informed by that first sandpit experience seemed to be where I should be heading and that is where things led. I read that you centre much of your work


While I was at the Central I learnt that my prowess was with carving and modelling. I love having a multidisciplinary approach as this approach simulates life and ideas. Ideas come in many forms and the freer you are to respond the closer you are to finding an expression for the idea. At the Royal College of Art I took a Masters Degree by Project, where I wrote my own project and nominated the departments I required to access. I think it was the first multi disciplinary degree they had there. It does not suit me to be pigeon holed and I think cross-overs by default create originality. I was also doing some teaching at the RCA during that period, so I was crossing over from being a student to being a tutor.

With all of the shows and other achievements under your belt, what is your personal definition of success in art? My goal posts move at each achievement. If I did feel that I had arrived at success my work might ‘go off’ as it were. You need to be willing yourself to do your very best at each turn. What has been the biggest setback in your career to date? I try not to see things as setbacks but just opportunities to do things differently.

What has been your biggest achievement to date and what steps or process did you go through to achieve that? My solo show at the great Gazelli Art House gallery in Mayfair, next door to the arts club.

Down to Earth Installation

around psychoanalysis, which is especially interesting because of your great grandfather Sigmund. Could you explain a little about how you do this and why please? I am interested in the driving forces beneath the radar rather than the rationalised. My work comes out of and is informed by the unconscious forces in myself and the resonant collective unconscious forces that edge their way into the works, in the way the conduit mechanism works for many artists. I am informed by my use of materials in the same way. It is the way I see the world, through a psychoanalytic lens. I am pretty analytical. On completion of a work I tend to interrogate the ideas and contexts with a psychological slant examining these aspects as though the work itself were up for analysis! Sometimes a work may come out of asking a question of a material or process and looking deeply at that

I try not to see things as setbacks but just opportunities to do things differently question and its ironies and associated questions. Have you studied psychoanalysis at all? I studied psychology as part of my first degree. I have read a lot of psychology though as part of my research for my work and as a personal interest. What challenges did you face along the way and how did you overcome them? I was patient and worked all the time. If I had challenges along the way I can’t easily remember the detail of what they were. Being a positive person I have probably successfully blocked them out.

At this stage of your career, what is your ultimate ambition or dream for your work? To get a piece into the Tate, Tate Modern or National/ National Portrait Gallery has been a grand ambition since early childhood. Although this has been partly achieved it is never in the way you envisage. I dream of having a show at such a venue one day! What advice would you give to a young artist wishing to follow in your footsteps? Be true to yourself and maintain integrity. Don’t let yourself be put off by rejection. Keep your overheads low so that you can make art your priority. Don’t be afraid of investing in yourself as if you don’t no one else will! Info: For more on this interview, please visit Art Success at www. Website: www.




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-19 February London Fashion Week

Info: London Olympia, www. nationalweddingshow.

23 One of the biggest fashion trade shows in the world returns with an exciting and exclusive line-up of designers showing their autumn/winter 2013 collections.


-24 February Vodafone London Fashion Weekend Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is London’s largest and most exclusive designer shopping event. This fashion experience will be brimming with designer catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair & beauty and educational panels. Info: Somerset House, The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. www. londonfashionweekend.

February Traditional HeadWrap Workshop Join an interactive and practical session on the art of Head-Wrapping. Be inspired to create a cultural outlook that will complement and enhance your crowning glory and boost your spiritual strength. Info: www.

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-24 February The Vintage Kilo


-24 February The National Wedding Show

Whether it’s inspirational ideas straight from the catwalk, expert tips and on-trend advice or the unrivalled range of dresses, nowhere else offers brides-to-be and their closest family & friends such an amazing, fun and stylish day out. 250 wedding experts and suppliers; The National Wedding Show has it covered: from bridal and grooms wear to florists, venues, photographers, cake designers, jewellers, wedding planners and honeymoon destinations.

Doing exactly what it says on the tin, the cheapest way to do it retro calls at Hackney Downs Studios London for a whole weekend of ‘pay by weight’ shopping. Visitors can choose from 10 tonnes of vintage from the 1970s – 1990s, including dresses and denim, shorts and tees, jackets, jumpers and accessories. Ladieswear, menswear and the cheapest vintage in town! Info: 11-4pm, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London, E8 2BT. www.judysvintagefair.

open at Somerset House this November. “Valentino: Master of Couture” will be a glamorous exhibition focusing exclusively on haute couture created by the legendary Italian designer. With a 50-year career starting in the late 1950s this exhibition will showcase over 130 hand-crafted designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow. A prophetic designer and creator of exquisite, beautiful clothes, this is Valentino as he has never been seen before. Featuring dresses from the couture catwalk and red carpet, as well as designs commissioned by private clients; this exhibition brings together a comprehensive collection of couture, much of which has never been seen outside the Valentino atelier. Visitors will have a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of Valentino’s world, experience the thrill of walking the runway and reveal Valentino’s craftsmanship promising to be a unique experience for each visitor. Info: www.somersethouse.


March Brides of Culture Multicultural Bridal Exhibition Founded in 2009, BoC aspires to be the largest multicultural focused Bridal Exhibition in the UK. Brides of Culture Bridal Exhibition March 2013, will be even bigger and better than ever before. The eighth exhibition will have an estimated 1000 delegates in attendance and capacity for up to 45 wedding suppliers. Info:11am-7pm, Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, E14 9SH. www.bridesofculture. com




-12 May The Anti-ageing Health and Beauty Show The Anti-ageing Health and Beauty Show will be the first consumer event where the industry can showcase new and established products, innovative surgical techniques, laser related procedures, non-surgical treatments, diet & exercise, anti-ageing supplements etc to an eager audience of both men and women. Info: 10am-8pm, Olympia National Hall, London. www.theantiageingshow. com


til 3 March 2013 Valentino Fashion Exhibition A major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will

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Presenter, mentor, actress and beauty queen Gemma Feare talks to Lime about her achievements since winning the 2012 Miss Jamaica UK pageant

Miss Jamaica UK Gknown as an

emma Feare is

ambitious, intelligent, beautiful, aspirational and exciting young woman. So when Lime Magazine got the chance to speak to her about her achievements since claiming the crown for Miss Jamaica UK, it was clear to see that she has lived an enviable and animated life. In this interview Gemma talks of her work commitments, globe-trotting and what the future has in store. Congratulations on being crowned Miss Jamaica UK 2012, how has your life changed since you were announced as the winner? Thank you! There seems to be a lot of experiences and opportunities yet to encounter and although things have become very unpredictable and thrilling, the whole journey is a very humbling one.


How did you find the whole pageant process? As this was my first beauty pageant, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I enjoyed learning how to perfect my “catwalk” and represent Jamaica in events running up to the contest such as TriniJam by Caribbean Scene. All the training and preparation definitely helped to build my confidence.

You recently travelled to Jamaica, tell us a bit about your trip? I always love visiting Jamaica, I spent time with family, explored the culture in Kingston and received great exposure through Smile Jamaica on TVJ, “On The Road To Success” on CVM TV, Irie FM and others.

You’ve done a lot of travelling; tell us about some of the places you’ve visited? Whilst living in Thailand I fell in love with many countries in South East Asia that I was so fortunate to visit. Playing sports has seen me go to places like Australia and New Zealand and last year I explored a lot of Europe. I visited Egypt too, which was incredibleI’d love to see more of West Africa and also South America.

Surviving the 2005 Tsunami in Thailand is something you say has helped to shape your character. What was that experience like for you? Life changing. Life is so precious and it taught me the value and importance of the simple things in life. In this situation of crisis, my ability to communicate with those from a range of different cultures, backgrounds and languages also improved. Describe yourself in three words. Ambitious, compassionate and outgoing. Who inspires you? First and foremost, my parents. My father’s strength of spirit, focus and work ethic and my mother’s kind and compassionate nature. Everywhere I look, I am surrounded by inspirational figures; past and present. Someone I admire is Marcus Garvey who made a remarkable transformation to become such an iconic leader and orator. How do you plan to use your success from the pageant this year? Following my reign, I will continue to do my best to shine as an ambassador for Jamaica. I would love to be able to inspire other young people and involve myself in charitable work where possible. You’re no stranger to being on stage, tell us about Gemma the actress? I found my passion for acting when I was in school,

encouraged by my teacher I obtained a Drama Scholarship. I have toured Canada, performing with the Running Torch Theatre Company and now represent Great Britain as a Member of The National Youth Theatre. You were the red carpet presenter at the BEFFTA awards 2012 for Factory78. Tell us about some of your other presenting and hosting gigs? I started presenting in the summer of last year and have really enjoyed the varied events that I

I think that I am a big dreamer

have been able to attend with Factory78tv. My first encounter of hosting was at Mr & Mrs Runway 2012; the biggest editorial modelling event in the UK in conjunction with Select Model Management. This was an overwhelming first experience but I loved it nevertheless. Last year saw you achieve a First Class Honours in Business Management with Commercial Law from the University of Westminster, what’s next on your educational radar? Education has always been at the forefront for me and I hope to take that step further by committing to a Masters Programme in the near future.


How challenging was it when it came to organising your own promo tour? It’s not something that I have done before so I guess it was a new challenge but it taught me a lot about organisation and management. I did my best to network and made the most of everything that came my way.

Where do you see yourself in five years time? With a greater level of experience and knowledge in business and also within a personal capacity. I think that I am a big dreamer so hope to have achieved more towards my goals by then!

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What plans do you have for Valentine’s Day? I will be back in Jamaica so hope to have a good Valentines working in the sunshine. In your opinion what is the ultimate love song? Beres HammondShe Loves Me Now.



FASHION/BEAUTY Words: Vernia Mengot

A single person’s guide to the Some top tips on dating yourself

for one?” is a “Table question to some

that may sound all too familiar. Has 2012 passed you by without even a glimpse of your Mr or Mrs right? If the answer is yes, then you need to read on. According to the Office for National Statistics In July 2011 around 1 in 20 adults aged 16 and over in Great Britain reported being completely lonely in their daily lives. But because you find yourself without a plus one, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the dreaded (to some) Valentine’s Day this month. How about a date with number 1? 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

month of love! Enjoy a night out... Because you haven’t got a partner to join you, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy an evening out at your favourite restaurant or a drink at your favourite spot. Try dating yourself, getting your glad rags on and treating yourself to the best your city has to offer. It’ll be cheaper too. Movie marathon... Tired of ordering the same thing from the take away menu, watching the same crap on telly and bored of a quiet night in, alone? How about you take yourself to watch a film at your local cinema, we all know films are far better on the big screen. So don’t feel limited to staying indoors or tempted to download stuff on your laptop, get up and go out! Even if you do feel like catching that 11am showing, there’s no harmno-one is judging you!

Pamper yourself... When was the last time you plucked your brows, trimmed your nails or soaked your feet? If you can’t remember the last time you did that then you need to rethink your lifestyle. Living in London things can be pretty fast paced but it doesn’t mean we should forget about ourselves. Have a maintenance day! I am not saying you should fork out on a spa weekend away, but open up your own salon at home and take pride in looking after yourself. Trust me it’s a great confidence boost, when you feel good about yourself, someone else will want to make you feel even better. How can you expect anyone to care about you if you don’t care about yourself?

Get involved in something new... Whether it’s tackling those weeds in your back garden, taking a fitness class or learning a new skill; life can pass you by and you could be stuck doing the same things day in and day out. The only way you’ll learn anything new is by broadening your horizons. Get on the web, spread your wings and open your mind to the possibilities of devoting your time to something new. Find your inner spirit... Cleanse your mind with positive thinking and surrounding yourself with good people. Anyone who has anything negative to say should be kept at a great distance. The last thing you want is someone disturbing the peace. Remember finding someone new this year will only happen if you’re full of high spirits and optimism.


One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show


til 9 February One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show We have a position in society, Mister … an’ I don’t mean just black society.” by Don Evans An Eclipse Theatre Production originally coproduced with Sheffield Theatres and presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited. In 1970s Philadelphia, the Harrisons are the most respectable middleclass Black family in the suburbs. However, the arrival of their young niece and her radical ideas from the rural South turns their polite, Christian life on its head. The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy in this hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are. Info: 8pm, The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR.


til 15 February The Bodyguard Musical

The Bodyguard Musical receives its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre this year. The musical is based on the hit film of the same name, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in a romantic tale of a music superstar Rachel Marron falling in love with her bodyguard Frank Farmer. The film’s soundtrack became as successful as the film, making ‘I Will Always Love You’ an instant classic. The film used a number of other Houston songs such as ‘Run to You’ and ‘I Have Nothing’ which are included in the musical adaptation. The musical is billed as ‘a romantic thriller’ and follows the plot of the movie closely. The score includes a host of Houston’s famous songs including ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘One Moment in Time’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and the immortal ‘I Will Always Love You’. Info: www.

old, mixed race Onochie rules the family roost. His barely known brother Chima returns to make past wrongs right and to rekindle a relationship with his skinhead younger brother who no longer wants to be black. Chima is not welcome in the area and only has a few hours to meaningfully connect with Onochie. But outside a hostile community has been alerted to his return. Chima has been blamed for the death of a white girl and the vitriolic community won’t be satisfied until they deliver their rough justice. Onochie faces the tough decision of siding with the community he has tried to belong to; or standing with the brother he doesn’t know. A play written by Arinze Kene and directed by Michael Buffong. Info: uk


til 22 February Othello Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and betrayal brought up to date in South London Written by William Shakespeare I Directed by Anthony Green Shakespeare’s character, Othello the Moor, is a renowned mercenary soldier. This updated production sets the play within the booming yet mysterious world of western military security companies, the private armies of today. Against the backdrop of the cutthroat competition for military contracts, this production explores the more localized battle of Othello against his own demons as Iago, desperate for revenge, tragically destroys Othello’s relationship with his precious Desdemona. The Othello Peckham Theatre company are a group of committed artists inspired by the spirit, values, excitement and creativity of The Royal Court’s Theatre Local. They have come together with a common passion and goal: to bring a quality production of Shakespeare to Peckham. Othello is played by Zachary Momoh Info: The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST.


- 23 February God’s Property It’s 1982. London is restless, gripped by spiraling unemployment and inner city riots. Ska beats dominate the airwaves and in a flat in Deptford, South London two brothers are re-united unexpectedly. Sixteen year

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til 2 March Glasglow

Girls Glasgow Girls tells the true story of one of the most vocal and powerful asylum campaigns to catch the imagination of the media and inspire a community to unite behind its residents.


til 23 February

Feast On their way to a family dinner, three sisters are divided at a crossroads. From Nigeria in the 1700s through Brazil, Cuba and the USA to London in 2013, the sisters survive by their spirits – spirits of courage, mischief and incredible resilience. This epic production is a vibrant exploration of the magnificent Yoruba culture.


til 24 February Lift

Lift. 8 Strangers. 54 Seconds. A thousand possibilities… LIFT: How the things we dare not say could change our lives and how those closest to us are often those we’ve never met. Info: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE.

A Young Vic and Royal Court co-production of Feast a new play by Yunior García Aguilera (Cuba), Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria), Marcos Barbosa (Brazil), Tanya Barfield (US) and Gbolahan Obisesan (UK). Directed by Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road, Vernon God Little) and written by five playwrights from across the world it is brought to life with dazzling music and choreography. Info: company; Tango Fire returns to the UK with its critically acclaimed show Flames of Desire at the Peacock Theatre. Tango Flames of Desire features ten sensational dancers, including five world tango champions; with choreography by the show’s lead dancer German Cornejo. It takes the audience on a journey through the history of tango - tracing its roots in the dance halls of Buenos


til 24 February Tango Fire Flames of Desire Following sell-out seasons in New York, Barcelona, Hamburg, Cape Town and London, Argentina’s hottest dance 20 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

Tango Fire Flames of Desire

Set in Scotland in 2005, Glasgow Girls tells of what follows after a family is ripped from their home in the middle of the night and taken away to be deported. Driven by a fierce sense of injustice, a group of seven schoolgirls in a high school in Glasgow fight for the life of their friend and for the rights of children of asylum seekers in Scotland.

Aires before moving through the decades to showcase tango’s growing popularity as a contemporary dance form. Info: 7.30pm, Peacock Theatre, WC2A 2HT. www.

They take on the Scottish Government and the Home Office and succeed where adults and politicians failed. Glasgow Girls will feature original songs including electronic grime from Patricia Panther, reggae-dub from Sumati Bhardwaj (Soom T) folk rock from Cora Bissett and additional songs from John Kielty. Inspired by real life events Info: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN.


til 25 February Two Cigarettes in the Dark & Vollmond Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns to Sadler’s Wells this year following their sell-out World Cities season last year, presenting the UK premieres of two rarely performed works from Bausch’s outstanding canon - Two Cigarettes in the Dark andVollmond. Two Cigarettes in the Dark (1985) looks at the monotony of life, whilst in Vollmond (Full Moon) from 2006, which was featured in Wim Wenders’ film Pina, Bausch creates a unique world for the dancers on stage. The striking visuals of Bausch’s productions

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Ballet Revolución are ever-present in these works, with long-time collaborators Peter Pabst and Marion Cito’s breathtaking sets and costumes. Info: 7.30pm, www.


- 23 March Ballet Revolución Returning to the West End’s Peacock Theatre, after its sell-out UK premiere in spring 2012, Cuba’s Ballet Revolución is back for a limited threeweek run. Ballet Revolución is an explosive fusion of ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop from a company of supremely talented Cuban dancers and live musicians, co-choreographed by former lead dancer for Cher and original Tap Dog Aaron Cash, this sensational production had London audiences on their feet at its sell-out UK premiere in spring 2012. The Ballet Revolución live band perform popular hits from Shakira, Ricky Martin, Beyoncé and many more, while the dancers display their versatility in dance styles combined with the unique blend of Cuban, African and Spanish influences. Ballet Revolución is choreographed by Aaron

Cash and Roclan Gonzalez Chavez. An exciting new show straight out of Havana. Info: Info: 7.30pm, Peacock Theatre, WC2A 2HT. www.


March Euphoria Uncover Youth presents Euphoria, told by a group of carnival workers who run the world’s most euphoric ride. Join them as they present moments of bliss, fear and excitement in this original devised production. Info: 7.30pm, www.

Stockport, 1988. It’s midnight. Racheal, eleven, and Billy, six, wait in the car in agitated excitement. Their mother is at her wits’ end with all their chatter and fighting and dreams of Disneyland. She is about to leave them for good. Their father, drunk in the flat above, has locked the door. It’s a pivotal moment, the beginning of a thirteenyear odyssey for two kids, largely abandoned and growing up in the deprived suburban shadows of Manchester, a city that felt itself to be the


til 24 March Port Following the success of their recent collaboration on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime, playwright Simon Stephens and director Marianne Elliott reunite to bring Port to the stage this January. most exciting in the world. A richly colourful portrait of a town with the everyday writ large, Simon Stephens’ Port is a celebration of the human spirit as Racheal looks to the future and opts for love and life and for something better. Info: The National Theatre, Captioned performances Sat 23 Feb at 2.15pm, Sun 3 Mar at 3pm. Audio-Described performances Fri 15 Feb at 7.30pm, Sat 16 Feb at 2.15pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)


-11 May The Burial When her father dies, Funmi is forced to make some difficult choices, which are not helped by the arrival of his two wives from Nigeria... A new play by award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje. “You cannot find peace by avoiding life” Caught between conflicting beliefs, unwanted guests and estranged families, Funmi is forced to confront her forgotten past and her dead father’s strange presence with tragi-comic consequences. Info: 7.30pm, www.º

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Making the moves with


Ballet Revolucion WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris

Ba sweat building,

allet Revolucion is

pulse increasing, visual extravaganza that takes ballet and thrusts it into the world of Cuba where high tempo rhythms from Latin America and Africa hypnotise. Reviews have dropped the obligatory superlatives about the amazing dancing in the show choreographed by the talents of the renowned choreographers Roclan Gonzalez and Aaron Cash both hugely respected dancers. While their respective countries are as far away as could be (Roclan is from Cuba and Aaron from Australia), they have managed to work some magic and meet in the world of the “creatives” to bring the Revolucion! 22 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

Lime spoke to them in the lead up to the show at the Peacock Theatre on March 6th. Briefly what are your individual stories into the world of dance? Aaron: I started dancing at 8 years old. My mother decided I should be in dance class because I would dance to anything, even the lawn mower outside-strange kid! Roclan: As a child my mum taught me how to dance, that’s how it all started. Then I went to the National school of arts (ENA, Escuela Nacional de Arte) for 8 years. After school I was honoured to be working with Christi Dominguez, for me the greatest choreographer

ever and then started working with the TV Ballet company. How did your individual origins shape your musical flair? R: Cuba is an island full of music; music from Africa and from Europe/Spain, so Cuba has a big variety of rhythms. In Cuba there’s always music and dance, on the streets, everywhere. We’ve got that mix of rhythms in our heart and that helps to create this multi-culture in dance and music. A: I come from the south side of Brisbane Australia, raised in a very working class environment where men didn’t dance. I played rugby and cricket at a very high level along with learning Ballet, Jazz, and

Tap, plus the fact I’m 6’3”. My work is very diverse and masculine as a result I think of my experiences early in life. How did Ballet Revolucion become a reality? R: I’ve been working 10 years with Mark Brady and Jon Lee on many different shows. Ballet Revolución was our 5th show together. We selected and trained the dancers and musicians for this type of show. You can call Ballet Revolucion a result of the friendship of Mark Brady, Jon Lee and me which then brought me together with I am a complete novice to professional dance but I can do the running man! Why is it called Ballet Revolucion when

THEATRE Aaron Cash

some of the other dance is not ballet? A: The name is meant to suggest in a fun way that this is not your regular ballet troupe performing Swan Lake. It is a little twist, a little bit more of a fusion of styles with ballet as the base. Hence a small dance revolucion if you will. R: For me Revolución means change. Ballet Revolución is also an explosion of energy. We are mixing very different styles into one show, that’s something different, something new from Cuba. What were the difficulties you faced in creating this show? A: No difficulties really my forte is classical, modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop where as Roclan’s strengths are Folkloric, Salsa, Cabaret, so we complimented each other well. R: I agree no difficulties at all! For me there are no boarders between artists,

Roclan Gonzalez

It’s a celebration of what the human body can do through dance. – Aaron

we all live in the same country, in the country of creation, of entertainment. How have the two of you managed to combine your different styles to create this brilliant show? R: Each of us gave his style to the show, and that makes it very well balanced. It’s very interesting to see the different styles, if you’re working together so closely for several months. In the current show we both have our own pieces, there’s no piece we did together but we would love to do that in the future.

I note you both do not perform in the show why is that? A: As a dancer I had an amazing career, and performing for me now is not the same as it once was. Likewise my body does not want to be put through the rigorous training it used to go through day in day out when I was a young man. I get so much more from choreographing and watching the dancers bring my ideas and moves to life now. R: I have various projects at the moment. I am also preparing two other shows. If I would dance in the show, I’d need to fully concentrate on the show and spend all my time for it. At the moment I like to be creative and do various things. What do you hope the audience remember most about their experience of seeing the show? A: This show is a feel

good commercial dance show that makes dance accessible to everyone. It’s a celebration of what the human body can do through dance. These Cuban Dancers leave their heart and souls on the stage for two hours every night. You’ll come laid down with your daily woes and you’ll leave with a little bit of Cuban passion and inspiration in your heart and feat. R: Ballet Revolución for me represents the culture of Cuba and for all those young dancers it’s a chance to show the world the great talent of Cuban dancers. Inøfo: Website: www. Cuba ’s Ballet Revolucion returns to the Peacock Theatre for a limited three week run from the 6 – 23 March 2013



WFlames of Desire

Words: Vernia Mengot

Lime gets talking to lead choreographer and Tango World Champion German Cornejo

ith Tango Fire’s


recently returning to London at The Peacock Theatre after a sell out run and five star reviews in 2011, I received an opportunity to catch up with lead choreographer and Tango World Champion, German Cornejo. In a show that features an exceptionally talented cast including three World Tango Champions. Flames of Desire tells the history of Tango, from its roots in the dance halls of Buenos Aires into one of the most popular ballroom styles today. In this interview German talks about his intense training in Buenos Aires and the passion and perserverance you need to be successful in the industry. Tango Fire’s Flames of Desire opens in January, what can they audience expect to see? The audience will meet a fresh show, but at the same time with a lot of character. With a cast that features ten of the best tango dancers including three world champions, the wonderful voice of Jesus Hidalgo, one of the most renowned singers of his generation and four great musicians who have played with the top tango stars. The show features a great display choreographic plus 40 costumes and a musical selection ranging from classic to vanguard. In few words- it will be a show full of emotions. How are preparations going, are you currently in rehearsal stages? Yes, we are in the last stage of rehearsals, putting the final details. Amalgamating the dance, with music and singing, and continuously cleaning the whole show to finally get a product of the highest quality. About the dance, we are rehearsing hard, looking at maximum coordination in group choreographies and a dance technique completely free of errors and vices. But also interests me that every scene keeps its essence, its climate. It’s not the same to dance


do, and above all things, be authentic artistic and creative.

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a passionate, romantic or nostalgic scene. Approximately we spent on each tango (between stops to clear details) about four or five times, so it would be like to spend the show five times a day.

You’re a tango world champion, has dance been a passion of yours from a young age? Yes. Since I was very little, I have given myself completely to the dance. I started dancing Argentine folklore when I was nine years and then left it to starting dance tango at 10. Then I continued studying ballet, jazz and contemporary dance to complete my training. In the last 30 years the tango recovered its original strength that it had lost with the emergence of rock & roll. From “Tango Argentino” in the ‘80s -it was the first show that took the tango from the dance halls and put into the stage. The genre has regained vitality and presence not only in Argentina but also in the world. From the ‘90s that young people have returned to learn and dance tango. Nowadays

What has been your biggest achievement for you to date? Living successfully with what I love, which is dance and choreographing and that the audience enjoy my work as much as I do.

there are many schools, milongas and ballets with boys that have 12/14 years.

What was the highlight of 2012? Having worked with Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Jamie King and his entire creative team was definitely a great experience of 2012. I learned a lot with them. Jenny is an incredible person and a tireless worker. And that she reconvened us to dance as Guest Artists during her “LOVE- World Tour” was wonderful. What plans do you have for the year ahead? For now, we have scheduled several tours and dance festivals. The free time I will leave to holiday.

Tell us a bit about your training. In Buenos Aires my training is very intense. I give private lessons daily just for professional What’s your dancers and colleagues favourite love which takes me about The song? five hours. Then I have I have many, my personal rehearsal but one of my with my dance partner EDITION favorite love Gisela (Galeassi) about song is ‘Smash three hours where we Into You’ -Beyoncé. work on specific elements of our dance. After that How will you be I continue with Tango spending Valentine’s Fire rehearsals, in this Day? final period we have just The valentines day I will three hours. And finally at pass working because night, we give daily shows we will doing the season with Gisela in “El Viejo at ‘The Peacock Theatre’ Almacen”, a mytical and until 24 February. I guess prestigious place where when I return to Buenos you can dine and watch the Aires I should bring with show, and where the most me a nice gift to avoid a important tango stars like face because I wasn’t there. Osvaldo Pugliese, Anibal [Smiles] Troilo, Sexteto Mayor and Edmundo Rivero worked. Info: Website: www.tango-fire. What does it take to com be successful in the Tango Fire’s Flames of industry? Desire is at the Peacock It takes perseverance, to be Theatre, 30 January – 24 detailed, professionalism, February 2013. hard work, love what you




Words: Maxine-Laurie Marshall

your eyes on this...

Tbegin for his new play,

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith he day before previews

in the middle of technical rehearsals, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith speaks to me with the calmness of a Sunday afternoon catch-up with an old friend. Maybe it’s because this is his fifth time at the Young Vic but I think it’s in his nature. Ironic really, considering his character in Feast revels in creating chaos. Feast is about three sisters separated by a mischievous trickster. Only a journey across continents and centuries can reunite them. Penned by five playwrights from Cuba, Nigeria, Brazil, the USA and UK the production tells the journey of Yoruba culture. Can you tell us a bit about Yoruba? It’s a whole belief system beyond simple explanation, it’s vast, intricate and human. I found it very magnetic working on the play, I thought I had a good understanding of the culture, but as I was researching and as the play progressed, I discovered so much more. Yoruba culture comes from the Ifa belief system. In Feast, you play the trickster God Esu who enjoys creating chaos. Tell us a bit about the role, what is it like to play, how did you prepare? It’s a delicious role for an actor to play. In cube

games geeks play, he’d be a grey wizard. He’s not noble or moral, sometimes he’s on your side and sometimes he’s not. I got to be something different in every scene. Because of this I got to experiment with the role, I turned up one day and did a scene in a Scottish accent. But this didn’t stick. I did suggest and try things that were included but I don’t want to spoil the piece by telling you what they are. Are you a bit mischievous yourself? I’m no stranger to mischief, but no-one knows it’s me. You’re not a stranger to performing at the Young Vic, what do you love about the theatre? I think the theatre lives up to its name, it’s concerned with finding the present expression of a play, it should be called the New Vic. There’s a sense of un-repeatability with the plays here. Everything else I’ve done at the Young Vic has been from classical playwrights, but here they find a nowness. You wanted to act from a young age but wondered if you’d be allowed to because your parents are very academic. What do they think about your career choice now? Yeah they love it; well it’s not going to change. What alarmed them first was,

like most artists, I had no food. They said, “Are you sure about this, wouldn’t you rather eat?” But when I was able to make a living it was fine.

Hustle”, they struggle. Do the same for US actors and the list is much bigger. Although it is changing in the UK, more could be done.

You’ve acted on the stage and for TV, which do you prefer and why? What I love the most are plays and films, I’ve done some filming for Jesse Eisenberg’s new film ‘The Double’. I don’t have a major part but I got to play two characters. I really enjoyed getting into the detail of them. I enjoy this in theatre as well but I think film’s more exciting right now because it’s new for me.

What advice would you give to aspiring actors? Stand still and tell the truth. I think the most interesting performances come when you can’t tell the difference between the character and the actor.

You’ve previously said if you could live anywhere it’d be ‘New York, New York! Because if the world had a capital it’d be it’ does that mean you’re leaving our shores? I think America has to feature in a British actor’s life, especially if you’re not from the dominant culture. There’s more scope over there, people cast differently and there are more opportunities. If you ask people to name two black male actors from the UK, and you can’t say “That black guy from

And finally, on Twitter you’re a fan of #inanimate thingswithfaces, how long have you been spotting them and what’s the best one you’ve found? It’s something I saw on Facebook years ago, so I started looking as well. I think the best I’ve seen are a pair of recycling boxes who looked like they were scheming and a startled building. And as if we’d planned the timing, Holdbrook-Smith is called back to his technical rehearsal. Info: Feast is at the Young Vic until 23rd February. Twitter: @ HoldbrooksMyth



New music releases Words: Semper Azeez-Harris

Put It On Repeat


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going well for everyone. So a little bit of housekeeping is the addition of the section ‘Put It On Repeat’ where I will give a focus on a track/s for the month that you just need to repeat rather like that disturbing scene in The Shinning where Jack Nicholson’s lengthy manuscript consists of the one line “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. They will not necessarily be releases but just tracks you need to enjoy. Albums Gilles Peterson – Black Jazz Radio

compilations in his two decade history and this latest release comes from the short lived and enigmatic Black Jazz Records that was headed up by Gene Russell a huge jazz artist in his own right.

Here Peterson has gone through that six year catalogue of jazz releases on the label and picked his favourites for a 12 track bit of sumptuous niceness. I am not a knowledgeable jazz lover but my appreciation runs deep and this is a beautifully picked mix of some of the great tracks. It is probably a waste of time to try and pick out a favourite cut but tracks like Maiden Voyage sung by the vocally crisp Kelle Patterson is total class. The Black Jazz label which stopped when Gene Russell died is perfectly celebrated by Peterson. Release 11 February 2013

Gilles Peterson dj and label owner is the epitome of a music fanatic and while he is a lover of music he seems to have a penchant for jazz-his BBC 6 radio show highlights jazz in many of its different forms as well as rare records from other genres. Gilles has released many Singles Jessie Ware-Sweet Talk Jessie Ware the Mercury nominated singer just goes from strength to strength with her brand of dance enthused RnB sound. Sweet Talk taken from her hugely successful album Devotion does more of what everybody has constantly liked about her. She is fresh and her two 26 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

Mokkomba-Rising Tide It is great that currently there is such a fervour for music from the African diaspora. Having said that, contemporary African music which has commercial backing generally falls under the sub-genre of Afro beat which is just a fraction of the rich tapestry of African music. Brit nominations may see her come out victorious certainly in the Best Break Through category. Regardless of that however, she is embarking on a journey to make her name known in the US. With her style and sound there is a very good chance that she might break that difficult market. Out Now

The Zimbabwean group Mokoomba formed in 2001 therefore offer another dimension to African music with their brilliant second album Rising Tide their first being Kweseka. Produced by the influential instrumentalist Manou Gallo, Makoomba have an album that is a tour de force. The six man group seamlessly connect to bring a fusion of traditional Tonga African music meeting modern musicinstruments range from the traditional djembe to the saxophone! It’s intense compositions to more light hearted tracks like Mwile which is a fantastic mix of something akin to high life, meets Latin America. Rising Tide is an album that resists any notion of being classed as ‘World Music’ it’s just plain awesome music. Look out for the group who will hit the UK shores very soon. Kerogen-Broken Wing Kerogen is a producer who may not be known outside of the genres of Electronica, Trip Hop and Dub-step which he excels in. Whilst the genres obviously have a great many similarities making the fusion easier, Kerogen’s production skills are sublime to bring these genres in a beautiful

This group is extremely new but this ethereal track with a female vocalist that sounds something like Enya but with a much stronger voice is supreme. Zane Lowe and Annie Hobbs have already had this on repeat watch this space and be entranced by Hey Now. Duke Dumont ft A*M*E Need U

This is a contemporary mix of thumping melodic House music mixed with that quintessential throwback to that old rave scene complete with the telling intro piano chords (essential to rave) and the obligatory drop that sends you spinning into a world of euphoria. It’s been backed by a whole host of DJs so go listen and get it ready for summer time because it’s going to be a big hit for then. collision. His first single Broken Wings taken from his self-titled debut album is the type of track that scares 20 inch subs but it’s more than that. A beautiful piano intro, violins doing the whole pizzicato thing, great atmospheric tones, followed by that stupendous dub-bass drop-NICE! Out on the 18th February

YAlex Cuba but that ou may not know

Words: Semper Azeez-Harris

is not a problem because he’s more concerned with you knowing his music and indeed feeling the passion of each and every composition. His eponymous album on 2009 was hailed a huge success and garnered support and plaudits from such names as Nelly Furtado. The Cuban musician who is now a native of Canada has since won two Latin Grammy awards the most recent in 2012 and is now watching the support swell for his second albumRuido En El Sistema, or Static In The System. It is a journey through the many musical and geographical landscapes that shape and form Alex Cuba’s style and deliver with newfound clarity. More importantly it is his first album as an independent under his own label. Cuba has a rich musical history that must have shaped your first steps into music? Yes, I actually started in music when I was four years old. I went on a television show in Cuba with my father’s bands and I was playing an instrument called claves it is two pieces of wood that you hit on each other which is very important in Cuban music. When using this instrument you have to be so exact in your timing. I read that the catalyst for your song writing was being drafted into the Cuban army. That is right because in Cuba you are drafted

For me it is very important that what I do today is still seen as good music regardless of time to serve for a period of time. At the time I had a girlfriend who I was in love with before I went to the army. The tradition in Cuba is that if you have a girlfriend before you go into the army you let the girlfriend go because of course she may go with another man while you are there. If however she does love you then in Cuba we say she will come back to you. I was sad and so I wrote a song about how I felt. It is great that you sing in Spanish but does that limit a more global

success? I am still not that confident singing fully in English because it is not my native tongue. When I am singing I need to feel what I am singing about and so I choose to sing in Spanish. You will be surprised if you ask people about a song’s words many will not know them fully and so it’s the emotion of the song that stays with you. Your album Alex Cuba came in 2009 and then it has taken you three years to bring your following album why is that? With that album I was under the pressure of the label but now I have my own label so I took my time. So I expect it must be better now having autonomy and your own label. Definitely it is much better to be free from the pressures of a label or a major. The major is not


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really interested in the music as such but rather about the music making money. As an artist if your creative output does not fit their model of what will make money then they are not likely to want it. For me it is very important that what I do today is still seen as good music regardless of time. How does this album show your progression as an artist? Well the thing is I never try to work for an album I just work all the time I am always thinking of writing and melodies. It was after a while of doing this that I felt it was time to go into the studio so it was not about progression it was just about feeling it was a right time. Info: Ruido En El Sistema-out now Twitter: @AlexCuba Facebook: www.facebook. com/AlexCubaMusic



Words: Vernia Mengot


The ultimate love songs for your Valentine’s Day playlist So it’s the month of love and what better way to get you in the mood than to update your playlist with some of my very own (just a few!) favourite picks of slow jams including the likes of Marvin Gaye, Maxwell and Bobby Valentino. Teedra Moses - Be Your Girl (2004)

Jill Scott- All I (2007)

Taken from the 2006 Evolution album; this is a mid-tempo ballad and romantic song with an awesome video that flaunts American singer-songwriter Ciara’s incredible dance moves. Genuiwine- I’m in Love (2006) A beautifully sung track, which goes without saying it, would make a great song for the first dance at a wedding. I love the video too! Aaliyah- Rock the boat (2002)

Off her debut album Complex Simplicity this is one track that I absolutely love. It’s her first ever single she released and in my opinion on of best. Ne-yo- Go to Sleep (2007)

The sweet lyrics make this song from Ne-Yo’s early days, which was taken from his album Because of You, a classic love song. Usher- Nice and Slow (1997) “U S H E R R A Y M O N D” [Sings ]... This is probably one of my all time favourite songs from Usher from the 90’s off his second album My Way. I love that it’s become a timeless slow jam. 28 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

I remember when I first heard this song by Grammy-Award winning songstress Jill Scott and I can never forget how this song shows off her incredible voice. Trey Songz- Love Faces (2011)

A more recent addition to my ultimate Valentine’s Day playlist; known for making some of the best R’n’B love songs in the music business, this is a beautiful song and classic Trey. Ciara- Promise (2006)

This song was released after singer Aaliyah’s shocking and sad death, off her self-titled album in 2001. ‘Rock the boat’ has sensual lyrics and it’s a nice track to play on repeat during the summer where the groove will transport you to paradise. Maxwell- Pretty Wings (2009) I absolutely love the lyrics to this song and for me it has to be turned up to get the full effects of Maxwell timeless voice. It’s a bittersweet love song about meeting the right girl at the wrong time and I think his voice is perfect. Oh and did I mention his voice? Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing (1982) This song will never get old, recorded in 1982 this song is appreciated by pretty much everyone.

Marvin Gaye walked away with two Grammys for this track; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and the instrumental version of the song won the Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. Bobby Valentino- Just Me and You (2009) Now I’ve heard several versions of this track by several artists, but in my opinion Bobby V does the job. This track is taken from his third studio album the Rebirth and I just love the lyrics to this song! Keith Sweat- Nobody (1996)

A bit of an oldie, but again this track will never tire. Keith Sweet’s smooth voice and deep tone makes this song one of my ultimate slow jam contenders. Maxi priest- The Art of Seduction (1998) Taken from the soundtrack for ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’ a saucy tale about Stella longing for love and companionship; starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs, this song pretty much speaks for itself. It’s very jazzy and I love the long instrumental at the start of the song.

n celebration of

as partner of The BRIT Awards, Delilah, Rita Ora and Connor Maynard are giving music fans the chance to star in a Priceless Remake of one of their music videos and feature in The BRIT Awards 2013 TV advertising breaks. Fans will get to shoot it, sing it and be their favourite artist for the day, as well as meeting them at The BRIT Awards on the 20th of February. Luckily Lime got a little bit of time with Delilah in the lead-up to her attendance at the Brits to talk about The Brits of course and album number 2.

Delilah I was like, hey if Prince likes what I do and is happy to share his stage with me then I must be pretty good! It was the first time I felt like my music was reaching further than I had imagined-I was making an imprint

Words: Semper Azeez-Harris

Firstly what will people have to do to carry off the whole sultry Delilah vibe in this exciting competition to be you for a day? Ha-pretend no ones watching! I’ve just tried to have fun in all my videos and get into the music and the lyrics as much as possible so if they do that then they will carry it off. You have worked with Emil Nava who will be shooting the video for the competition, what is he like to work with and what is it abut his work that makes him such a great video director? Emil is great fun to work with. He’s very passionate and has great energy when your on set. That helps to keep your energy up when your director get excited about a take. Sometimes video shoots can be long days. Emil comes from a family of creatives. I worked with his brother Jake Nava too and they both know how to make an artist feel comfortable information of the camera. The Brits is an institution, what memories does it evoke for you and indeed was this something you dreamed of being on? The Brits is a major platform to announce

I actually did a phoner with you last year and you were due to perform with Prince I read it helped you come out of your shell explain that? Yes, I guess it did. It just gave me a tiny boost of confidence. A little bit of reassurance. I was like, hey if Prince likes what I do and is happy to share his stage with me then I must be pretty good! It was the first time I felt like my music was reaching further than I had imagined-I was making an imprint.


IMasterCard’s 15th year

How have you coped with the growing press interest in you and are you prepared for it to go crazy? I can defiantly see my fanbase growing and I have some amazing new music coming this year so I hope interest from the public will continue to grow. As far as the media; in general I think they see I am about my music first and foremost, the rest of me is pretty normal. Are you looking towards the US and when do you think that might happen? Definitely!! I think the US is somewhere every artist wants to crack. At the moment I’m just focusing on finishing a new record. Once that’s ready the possibilities are endless.

yourself to the public as one of the most successful artists of that year in the UK. It highlights you to people who might not known you existed before hand. It’s also a fun award ceremony. Everyone’s there and it’s a good opportunity to let your hair down and hang out with other artists.

If you were not in the nominations who do you think should win and why? There’s a few artists I was sad to see miss out on a nomination this year. But Emelie Sande has had an amazing year so I’m sure she’ll walk away with a Brit.

What’s in the pipeline for you in terms of new material and future collaborations etc? Album2! Album 2! Album 2! That’s all I’m thinking about at the moment. In the more immediate future this campaign I’m doing with Master Card and the Brit Awards. I can’t wait to see what my fans come up with and to hang out with them at the Brits. 2013 is going to be a great year. I’m sure of it. [Smiles] Info: Enter at Website: www. Twitter: @delilahmusic LIME MAGAZINE 2013




February 2013 Plan B

Following his headline gig at the iTunes Festival, Plan B will perform 11 dates on his UK arena tour. Info: 6:30pm, www.theo2.


February Little Mix

20 2013

February The BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards return to The O2 for the third year running hosted by James Corden. 2013 will see The BRITs build on the changes that have been implemented over the last two years to deliver a show like never before. Don’t miss Britain’s most prestigious music awards ceremony. Info:


2011 X Factor winners Little Mix will be performing at the Hammersmith Apollo in February! The hottest new girl band in the country Little Mix’s tour follows the triumphant number 1 single ‘Wings’. Don’t miss Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade in their debut headline tour. Info: 7pm, www.

February One Direction Having sold over 1.6 million records in just four months; had 100 million views on YouTube; two No.1 selling books; scored two major hit singles and a platinum selling debut album in the UK; and have won Best Single for ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ at this year’s BRIT Awards, Zayn, Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis will perform at the O2 as part of their UK and Ireland Arena Tour. Info: 6:30pm, www.theo2.


-3 March Girls Aloud the UK’s greatest girl band return with a UK tour. Info: 6:30pm, www.theo2.


&10 March Jessie J


March The Jacksons Untiy Tour 2013

The legendary group The Jacksons will be performing this year at the Hammermith Apollo. Don’t miss a chance to celebrate their extraordinary career and witness music history firsthand. Info: www.


-8 March Justin Bieber Global platinum selling megastar Justin Bieber, fresh from celebrating his No.1 album in the UK, Believe, has announced that he will return to the British Isles with his 2013 UK tour. Info: 6:30pm, www.theo2.

Jessie J has proven she is one of the hottest pop stars on the planet right now, this year she’ll put on a phenomenal live show on the road for her first 12-date UK arena tour. The tour follows a string of summer festival appearances including Wireless, Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, Isle of White, Ibiza and Mallorca Live, T in the Park and Capital FM’s Summertime Ball. Info: 6:30pm, www.theo2.


March Olly Murs Following a hugely successful sold out arena tour last year; Olly Murs has announced a series of UK Arena dates for March 2013. Info: 7.30pm, www.


& 16 February Jocelyn Brown The powerful, soul shaking Jocelyn Brown will be performing this month at the Jazz Cafe. Info: 7pm, www.venues. 30 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

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Harlem’s A$AP Rocky has become a force in the rap game over the last two years. With a studio album release around the corner, Rocky is hitting the road to perform some of his biggest hits in venues across the country. Info: 7pm, O2 Acadamey, Brixton.

March Ne-yo



09 Global superstar Ne-Yo will touch down in the UK next March for a monster tour storming the biggest music venues in the UK. Returning to the arena stage, the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter will be joined by UK songstress-of-the-moment and MOBO award winner - Tulisa. Info:


March Nas & Meek Mill


th Feb 13 Soweto Kinch Award winning alto saxophonist Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting musicians on the British jazz scene with an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic - including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and two MOBOS. His live shows are equally

acclaimed, with 5 star reviews for visually riveting events that deliver the melodic resourcefulness and improvisational creativity that has made him a world league saxophonist. In this special event, Soweto premiers The Legend of Mike Smith his stunning new album combining hip hop and jazz forms. Info: 7.30pm, Age: 18+, Stratford Circus

Maffia, Oxide & Neutrino, Harvey and Asher D will perform hits including ‘They Don’t Know’, ‘Oh No Sentimental Things’ and their mega smash hit ‘21 Seconds’. Info: 7pm, www.theo2. Queens-based rapper and producer Nas will be performing tracks from his eleventh studio album, Life is Good, appearing for a one-off show supported by none other than Meek Mill, MMG’s prodigy and one of hip hop’s rising stars. Info:


March So Solid Crew

For the first time in over 10 years, see them reunite as members including Megaman, Romeo, Lisa

June Iyanya This concert is Iyanya’s official UK Album launch concert. Iyanya stormed the Nigerian music scene in 2012 with his hit “Kukere”. He featured at last year’s Africa unplugged concert and the AYlive show in 2012, this is one show not to be missed! Info:


June Rihanna


-27 March The Weeknd Following The Weeknd’s compilation album Trilogy was released in November, here’s your chance to seem him live this March in a string of UK dates. Info: 7pm, Electric Ballroom, London.


April Wiley Wiley will follow the release of his new album ‘The Ascent’ out on 11th March by hitting the road for the ‘Boy Better Know presents’ tour alongside Skepta and JME. The tour follows their recent triumph at the 2012 Red Bull Culture Clash which was held at Wembley Arena. Calling on the help of special guests Lethal

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Bizzle and Chip, the Boy Better Know crew’s victory featured scintillating freestyles and dubplates that were custom made for the event. Info: HMV Forum, London


May A$AP Rocky Don’t miss a chance to see Rihanna perform live at the Twickenham Stadium this year for her highly anticipated Diamonds World Tour. Info: Twickenham Stadium, London. LIME MAGAZINE 2013


The science of Random Impulse


Words: Semper Azeez-Harris

Dof North London eep in the heart

just outside the home of the Gunners I meet the individual (not a group) Random Impulse who has the UK music scene going a little wacko for his mashup of grime rap come indie, come metal, punk music. It is of course not some amazing thing really to mash-up genres of music a sentiment that Random agrees with, “I did not even know that no one was doing that mix of music until recently. It is only when people started to make a big deal of it that I realised” but of course it is a big deal if no one else is even doing it! After success as a grime emcee where he put out two mix-tapes and productive work on early releases from names like Tinnie Tempah and Professor Green, Random’s tantalising taste of musical success was surely never going to be enough. Random in truth seems a bit of a maverick who “was never part of the crowd” as such; at school he was the clever kid that made people pay a tenner if they wanted that particularly pressing essay done. As we chill over a large sized mug of hot chocolate listening to the intermittent 32 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

I realised that the music that I was doing at that time did not reflect the music I liked as a whole because I listened to so much Indie and electro music and so I decided to play live instruments on my songs as well as the grime elements

snorts from a sleeping man in Costas, he recalls with it seems surprise that he “knew all the bones in the body” and was “keen on science” (he holds a degree in Molecular Biology) rather than the latest underground banger “I only started to listen to music about six years ago really. I think the first album that I bought was Jay Z’s album Blue Print 2 (2002)-before that it was all about studying. I was obsessed by science since the age of five and I actually got a degree. So I was with my friends who were really into music one day and they played Jigga’s album and I then understood rap.” Random proceeded to step into the art of rap and was a successful grime artist in his own right. It was however a spell working at D and G where the manger vetoed any music

play the guitar and I learnt to play the guitar on some cheap Argos guitar.” The process of melding the genres of grime, punk, indie thereafter became an organic decision that “just seemed right”.

apart from indie that really brought a love for “guitar based music” “I have been playing the guitar for about three years.” He adds between the loudest grunt yet from our sleeping compadre in Costas, “but it was the Arctic Monkeys that really interested me. When I heard that they only played guitar for like two years before they started recording their album I thought, ‘I can do that’ so I went onto U-tube and typed in how to learn to

“There was a documentary where Jay Z said that he used soul samples because that was the music that he generally liked to listens to and so it was a true reflection. I realised that the music that I was doing at that time did not reflect the music I liked as a whole because I listened to so much Indie and electro music and so I decided to play live instruments on my songs as well as the grime elements.” With no hint of idealism he adds, “It would be great to turn the guitar back to being an instrument rather

MUSIC than a genre because as soon as people hear a guitar they immediately think the music is rock or something like that.” So after a succession of friends who have gone onto huge success think: Wretch, Example and Ed Sheeran it seems that Random Impulse is the next in line from this creative collection. His album which had Neil Comber (who has worked with Florence and the Machines) on production is certainly going to be highly sought after. The first single from that album is Overload which incidentally has a tasty remix featuring, Ed Sheeran, Wretch and Bluey Robinson who all drop a verse. Overload niftily skips along indie and grime showing great emotive lyrics as Random

It would be great to turn the guitar back to being an instrument rather than a genre because as soon as people hear a guitar they immediately think the music is rock or something like that details his journey from grime emcee to a GRIMDIE emcee-its anthemic harsh rock guitar riffs backed by that quintessential grime sound-surely not an Overload?! His next single which he eventually agrees to tell me is the interestingly named Ballad of a Chancer which builds on the knowledge we gain from his coming

single Overload. “Like I said I got into music really late and I am surrounded by my friends who have been signed before me and gone onto massive things like Ed, I am confident in my rapping ability but since things have taken off I have had to start running so to speak straight away

to catch up with the whole hype really. Like I had to do an acoustic session but I have never performed one before so I had to just chance it and go for it. It is a song expressing my battle and basically saying that hard work can overcome adversity.” Look out for Random who will be headlining a gig at the renowned Cargo (February 28th) where he promised me “friendly moshing” and “some surprises”. He has a knack for getting a couple of special cameos from his list of top calibre artist friends so this could be the best gig for February. Info: Overload out 25th February. Twitter: @randomimpulse Myspace: www.myspace. com/randomimpulse1 LIME MAGAZINE 2013


February’s new


Words: Cassam Looch

movie releases Tdominate the film wo big events

schedule this month. First up is the Oscars, meaning we get the films that thought they were good enough, but in reality weren’t quite up to scratch.

Hyde Park on Hudson

There were high hopes for both Hyde Park on Hudson and Hitchcock, but neither film won the glowing reviews that were hoped for. Bill Murray is actually quite good in the former, but the sedate pacing makes it feel irrelevant given the energy of ‘Django Unchained’ or the sheer nerve-shredding tension in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. Cloud Atlas boasts a stellar cast and is based on a highly-regarded novel, but it’s said to be an almighty misfire. The likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and

Warm Bodies


Hugh Grant show up in this multi-strand story which covers centuries.

The other big event this month is Valentines Day. There are the requisite number of rom-coms but also a few unexpected treats. The fifth instalment of ‘Die Hard’ hits the screens, and this time it’s set to be ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’. Bruce Willis once again plays John McClane and this time he is joined by his on screen son taking on Russian bad guys. The fourth film in the series was a disappointment as it tried to move the action of the confines that had made McClane so watchable. Out for one day only, the re-issues of Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet are sure to bring back memories. Baz Luhrmann is also going to be bringing ‘The Great Gatsby’ to the screen later this year, but here are two of his earlier films. Moulin Rouge is hugely entertaining and the musical genre is enjoying a resurgence given the success of ‘Les Miserables’. Now that Twilight and Harry Potter are done and

Cloud Atlas

dusted, the search for the next teen franchise is on. ‘Warm Bodies’ is a zombie film which stars youngsters Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, and will be hoping to take off just as those other adaptations. There is also Beautiful Creatures, which is a film about, well witches. Both are squarely aimed at a young audience, but there is an apathy from the general public for forced series like these. It will be interesting to see how well they do. Antiviral is a body horror from the son of notorious body horror filmmaker David Cronenberg. Brandon’s latest looks at the ongoing obsession with celebrity culture and offers up a nightmarish take on where we are headed. It’s disturbing, and unfurls at a slow pace, but is rewarding.

dogs yet. Bruce and Arnie have already shown us what they have, with the latter turning up in the deliriously enjoyable ‘The Last Stand’ and now we get Stallone. ‘A Bullet to the Head’ looks like an old-fashioned buddy-cop movie, directed by Walter Hill. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters stars two of the most productive actors in Hollywood. Gemma Arterton is always fun, even though her blockbuster hit rate isn’t so great. Jeremy Renner had a superb year last year, and this could another franchise for him to join alongside Mission Impossible, Bourne and The Avengers.

The same can be said of Chained, a dark study of evil from the daughter of David Lynch.

Finally there is the little seen Bullhead, which is something of a cult classic already. Matthias Schoenaerts, who was fantastic in ‘Rust and Bone’, takes the lead in this as well.

Last year ‘The Expendables 2’ tried to tell us that there was life in the old

Plenty on offer then, and of course the Oscars will be announced as well!

Words: Vernia Mengot

Valentine’s Day (2010) Complete with an all-star cast including Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner plus many more; this cheesy romantic comedy is a recent edition to my top ten, it’s one of those typical will they/ won’t they films. The Notebook (2004) “Behind every great love is a great story.”This is a fantastic romantic and passionate story about a young couple Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) with social differences who fall in love during the early 1940’s. They meet one evening at a carnival. But they are separated by Allie’s parents who disapprove of Noah’s un-wealthy family, and move Allie away. It’s a

Top Ten Valentine’s Day Films Whether it’s a soppy love story, chilling thriller or cheeky rom-com, there are so many films that could make it into my top ten. So in no particular order I present to you ten you might want to watch...

classic love story which will definitely have you reaching for tissues in no time.

Dear John (2010) We are used to seeing Channing Tatum in the likes of Magic Mike and Step Up. This time in a very different role, we see Channing involved in a passionate love story with Amanda Seyfried, as a soldier who falls for a conservative college student (Seyfried) while he’s home on leave. Never Been Kissed (1999) In this 90’s high school

comedy we see a young Drew Barrymore play a journalist who enrols at a high school as part of her research story. Barrymore’s character, a 25 year old Josie is known as a frustrated nerd, but when she gets a make-over and becomes popular she catches the attention of her teacher. Also stars David Arquette. Pride and Prejudice (2005) This period drama based on Jane Austen’s timeless novel about five sisters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet - in Georgian England

whose lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man, Mr Bingley and his best friend Mr Darcy arrive in their neighbourhood. Stars Keira Knightley at her best!


Valentine (2001) A horror film that tells the story of a geeky school boy who seeks revenge years later on four popular girls, who turned him down to dance at their school prom in 1988. The scariest part is that he rolls around town in a Cherub mask on Valentine’s Day, sends nasty threats and then plots to kill them all.

Double Wedding (2010) I recently came across this film starring Sister Sister Twins, Tia MowryHardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley. This is a very cheesy love story also starring British actor O.T. Fagbenle, where the twins end up falling for the same guy. The Heartbreak Kid (2007) The Heartbreak Kid will have you in stitches. I absolutely love this film! It is hilariously funny and comedy at its best, starring one of my favourite actors Ben Stiller. It tells the story of a newlywed couple who believe they are perfect for each other only to go on honeymoon in Mexico where they realise that in fact they’re completely opposite. Something’s Gotta Give (2003) A brilliant rom-com starring Diana Keaton and Jack Nicholson. This film never gets old. It tells an unlikely story about a swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women who falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age. A few soppy moments but the rest is quality fun. P.S. I Love you (2007) Starring two Hollywood hotties Hilary Swank and Gerald Butler, it’s a romantic story about a young widow who discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life. You’ll be blubbing away!

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swift movement end the Civil War that has been ravishing his country. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the iconic role with great skill, he doesn’t rely of CGI or ludicrous props to get into character he simply “acts” tall to give us the Lincoln we have all read about in the past.

Les Miserables (12A)

Straight away it’s worth pointing out that this is a musical. That might sound obvious, but the amount of people who seemed to be baffled by the idea that EVERY line in this movie will be sung is alarmingly high. The plot is convoluted, seeing Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) unable to escape from his past mistakes, even after he has served time for stealing a loaf of bread. He is being hunted by ruthless man of the law Javert (Russell Crowe), who will seemingly stop at nothing to ruin the life of his prey. Into this ongoing battle enters Fantine (Anne Hathaway), a woman who has fallen on hard times after being left with a daughter and no source of income. Valjean becomes a surrogate father to the daughter, who grows up to become Amanda Seyfried. However, Javert is never far away, and he will never give up. Tom Hooper chose this as his follow-up to the awards-laden ‘The King’s Speech’, and it’s a surprise that he still feels like he has to play it safe. It’s not that this is a bad film, far from it, but it’s just that the direction and locations feel very static. Perhaps this is to do with the relatively small budget, or the stage background of the story itself, but there is something lacking somewhere. 36 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

It matters little when in the midst of the film though, rousing musical numbers and some great, heartbreaking moments, will linger long in the memory. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne Release Date: 11 January Lime Rating: **** Lincoln (12A) The struggle to end slavery in America is tackled in a different way by Steven

Speilberg as opposed to the way Quentin Tarantino approaches the subject. A direct comparison isn’t really fair, but even if both men were given exactly the same script, you suspect Speilberg would end up with a film like this and Tarantino would deliver something like ‘Django Unchained’. ‘Lincoln’ is a wordy, political and procedural film which looks at the struggles of the titular President to abolish slavery and in the same

It’s a well-constructed story, not least because the few facts most people can quote off hand about this President are to do with his untimely death at the hands of an assassin. The real story, the achievement of the man, shouldn’t be lost in the mix. It could have all felt slow and ponderous, but there is a spark that the director manages to capture. It’s not limited to the leading man either, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally field also deliver great turns. The Oscar race just got interesting. Starring: Daniel DayLewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field Release Date: 25 January Lime Rating:


Django Unchained Lime Rating: Words: Cassam Looch The latest film from Quentin Tarantino serves as a showcase for the best and worst elements of the directors distinctive style. On one hand you have the engrossing use of language, the unbridled visual flourishes of breathtaking violence and instantly addictive music cues. The trump card being three superb supporting turns that are each worthy of awards. Unfortunately you still get a silly and jarring cameo, a pointlessly excessive runtime and the uneasy sense of a five-star film shackled by the need to please the masses. Slave Django (Jamie Foxx) is forcefully purchased by travelling bounty hunter Dr King Shultz (Christoph Waltz). However, unlike previous owners, Shultz promises freedom if Django is willing to help capture a gang of ruthless

killers. Django has a history with these wanted men, and so agrees with the additional incentive of it bringing him closer to his wife (Kerry Washington) who was also traded. Eventually the unlikely pairing of the Doctor and the Slave arrive at the home of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a man swimming in a pool of racist ideologies hidden behind a veneer of violent sport. His home, known as Candie Land, is also where we find Stephen (Samuel L Jackson). Stephen is a house slave who is arguably more brutal than the white people around him. Django now has a chance to buy back his wife, but will he and the liberal Shultz be able to stomach the vile surroundings they find themselves in for long enough to make a clean escape? The film is set up like a revenge thriller, but it soon deviates into a

more character-driven piece. We get three great supporting turns, all of which deserve kudos and recognition. Christoph Waltz is fantastic, using elaborate enunciation to make the best of an already high quality script. Waltz is arguably even better here than in ‘Inglorious Basterds’, his previous collaboration with Tarantino that saw him win an Oscar. Regular Tarantino star Samuel L Jackson is hilarious in the role of Stephen. The character represents the opposite side of the coin to Django, and is all the more evil for it. Thankfully, Jackson adds his own distinctive style to the role and it keeps you watching even when the film drags towards the final half an hour. The final act would frankly be a write-off if it wasn’t for the phenomenal Leonardo Dicaprio. Calvin Candie plays it smooth, but his desperation to climb the social ladder paired

with an inability to match Shultz’s intelligence, make for a fiery scene late on. Bizarrely, the one person lost in the mix is Django himself. Foxx becomes something of a passenger and his mission loses focus at points. The film comes together with great panache and Tarantino constructs a perfect finale, so it’s a shame that he himself can’t see it. Either that, or he lacks the restraint to end proceedings when he should. Dragging us along with him towards the three hour mark, the director falls short of creating the ultimate genre film, instead he has manufactured a hugely enjoyable romp with some memorable performances. Django Unchained (18) Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington Release Date: 18 January





February Hula Girls (Hura garu) It is 1965 and in Japan, the country has started to shift from coal to oil. One by one the old mining towns begin their long slow decline, but for one small town way up north in the Tohoku region, its leaders and the local mining company aim to build Japan’s first Hawaiian Village as a way save the town. And what’s a Hawaiian Village without a troupe of Hula dancers? The only problem is that no one knows how to do the dance, or even knows what the Hula is! In this hilariously touching comedy, the scepticism and conservatism of the locals is gradually overcome as their daughters fall under the spell of one talented and determined dance instructor from the big city of Tokyo. Based on a true story, Hula Girls is a heart-warming comedy about coal miners’ daughters who took a once-in-a-lifetime chance to escape their monotonous lives, only to become unwitting heroes to their depressed mining town as well as the whole of Japan. Info: 1.15pm, www.ica.


February A Screaming Man A Screaming Man (French: Un homme qui crie) is a 2010 French-Chadian drama film by Mahamat Saleh Haroun, starring Youssouf Djaoro and Diouc Koma. Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a smart N’Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he feels socially humiliated. All the while, the country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government. The


authorities demand that the population contribute to the “war effort”, giving money or volunteers old enough to fight off the assailants. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son…. Info: 2.30pm, www.


-16 February Legacy Media Institute Black British Filmmaker Workshop Tim Reid (sitcom Sister Sister) the award winning and acclaimed AfricanAmerican Actor, Writer and Director will launch his inaugural LMI Workshop in London this month. Info: BFI Southbank, www.


February Limelight Film Nights The monthly event will see a gathering of filmmakers and creative individual and includes showcasing short films, Entertainment from emerging talents as well as a networking session followed by an after party to close the night! Limelight Film Nights are an extension of Limelight Film Awards, which is the annual red carpet short film awards ceremony, attended by over 500 film makers, celebrities and TV/ Film personalities. In its fifth year, with 12 film categories and a £10,000 production award, Limelight is paving the way in identifying emerging British film makers while helping to strengthen the industry.

This event will see celebrated Sci Fi and Thriller Films shown and performance from an upcoming talent. Info: 7pm, Rich Mix. www.


-3 March Between The Lines Festival Between The Lines explores the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape. The boundaries of documentary are shifting dramatically in a converging digital world. Join in on three days of fascinating viewing and lively debate on the issues and opportunities raised by the internet, trans-media and merging documentary conventions. Be part of the future. Info: Rich Mix Cinema, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. www.


-24 March BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2013 Offering a varied programme of feature films, special events, shorts, archive classics, experimental and erotic works. The festival is one

of the longest-running celebrations of queer creativity in the UK. Info:


-22 April London Independent Film Festival The Roxy and Shortwave will be the hosts of the 2013 The London Independent Film Festival, which will showcase the best of indie filmmaking from the United Kingdom and around the world. Info: www.


Images of Black Women Film Festival 2013 Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival has acted for nearly a decade as the only advocate for change in the representation of black women in Film. Over 3 days, the festival presents the best of challenging cinema offering alternative images of a figure still very much invisible. The 9th edition of the festival will be a portal for groundbreaking and forwardthinking filmmaking and debate. The festival has supported over the years upcoming filmmakers by providing visibility to their work through its Emerging Filmmaker Forum & helped shortfilm competition winners to produce their next film projects. Info: www.

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Tfield as no single


It’s Awards

It’s that time again, prepare for late nights and long acceptance speeches WORDS: CASSAM LOOCH

his year it’s an open

film appears to have tag of favourite. There is no ‘Avatar’ or ‘King’s Speech’ to dominate, and as such things could well get very interesting.

Early word is that the surprisingly good ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ could nab some of the acting awards. At first, it’s something of an unlikely choice as both leads are known for more mainstream fare. That, coupled with the fact that they are frankly too young and too attractive to be considered the usual type of winners might actually work in their favour if the academy looks to overturn it’s “stuffy” reputation. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have paid their dues in different ways and co-star Robert DeNiro might help out on the experience front. ‘Les Miserables’ also has pedigree, but something

might be amiss this time around. Tom Hooper could be overlooked in favour of the ensemble cast. Musicals either do really well, or are totally overlooked, there is no middle ground when it comes to this genre. If you were looking for a safe bet, then Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis represent the Fort Knox of gambles. ‘Lincoln’ is very much the type of film that does well at the awards, but again there is no real barrage of publicity that seems to be behind it. Yet. The supporting roles in ‘Django Unchained’ are very strong, and could well see DiCaprio fighting it out with Waltz, much as they do in the violent showdown of their movie. Waltz just shades it in my opinion, but it really is

time that DiCaprio won something for his great work in recent years. ‘Argo’ might seem like it was released ages ago, and it hasn’t been the blockbuster that some had predicted, but it is going to be a contender. Affleck might still come across as to much of a young pup to be given the directing gongs, but the cast is so good that we feel like it will sneak a win or two somewhere along the way. Denzel Washington could be in with a chance for ‘Flight’, a film we haven’t seen yet but that we have been reliably informed sees the star doing what he does best. Another film loaded with talent is ‘Hitchcock’ which has Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dame Helen Mirren pairing up for a look at the great director of the title. They LOVE that sort of stuff over at the Academy. Ang Lee has won before with ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and his successful adaptation of another novel could see him repeat the trick.

‘Life of Pi’ is a treat, and visually it stands apart from all of the other films we’ve seen this year. It’s a shame that ‘Cloud Atlas’ seems destined to fail, the book is superb but the casting of charisma-free Hugh Grant could have done for it. Another contender should be ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. Director Kathryn Bigelow documents the hunt for Osama Bin Laden with Jessica Chastain in the lead role. Both ladies can expect to be nominated, and perhaps even a chance of the win in their respective categories. Also expecting to do well will be John Hawkes for ‘The Sessions’. His is the stand out performance in an otherwise forgettable film. We’re also delighted to see ‘Searching for Sugar man’ doing well in the documentary categories, and who knows, we might even get to see Adele belt out the ‘Skyfall’ theme on the biggest stage of them all. LIME MAGAZINE 2013



February X Project with Todd Terry

This month Egg presents Suara Records with Coyu, Ramon Tapia and Zombie Disco Squad. Info: 10pm-8am, Egg London, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX


February Supernova

X brings you another event with multiple rooms of quality music from Berlin to Ibiza and beyond, X marks the spot where the best in house and techno music meets in London. Grammy Award nominated DJ/Producer Todd Terry will be joined by some of house music’s modern incarnations represented by SQUA , Hot Creations wAFF, Raffa FL plus guests. Info:


February Rude Photo Felix da Housecat’s quarterly residency, ‘Rude Photo’ returns for the New Year in glitzin’ all night party style at Egg. Almost celebrating its 1st year at Egg, Felix’s musical journeys are a unique experience, not to be missed, and he will be joined by one of the world’s leading Producer/DJ’s. Info: 10pm-7am, Egg London, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX.

After a storming 2012 season, Supernova returns to Kings X on Saturday 16th February 2013 featuring international DJ Guests from the Moon Harbour and Ovum labels plus London’s finest party starters. The line up includes Mark Farina, Marco Bailey, Sian, Luigi Madonna and Inland Knights. Info: 10pm - 10am. www.


February Date in a Dash

This month Date in a Dash are back at SO.UK to host their infamous speed dating night. Don’t miss a stunning night with fabulous offers on drinks. Info:




Rude Photo: Felix Da Housecat & guests

Its competition time and Lime are giving away three pairs of tickets to Felix Da Housecat’s return to residency at Egg this year. In an event not to be missed join “Da Housecat” who has headlined clubs on every continent, festivals and special events around the world alongside special guests.


March X Project with DJ Sneak One of House music’s true pioneers, self proclaimed House Gangster DJ Sneak arrives in London this March for the launch of (and the only place to see Sneak outside of festivals in London this year!) - I’m a House Gangster. From the underground scene of Chicago in the 1980’s to the underground scene currently alive in London today, DJ Sneak has always come with an original and exciting take on House music that has helped forge his reputation as one of the worlds premier House music DJ’s. One of House music’s true pioneers, DJ Sneak has the passion and drive to keep House


February Suara Records

DJ Sneak


To enter for your chance to win tickets to the event please email competition@thisislime. net music alive. DJ Sneak has invited down France’s very own D’Julz a house music hero in his own plus Tony Stephenson, Michael Bibi and artists from Troupe Records plus loads more! Info: 10pm-7am, Egg London, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX


March Wilfred Bagshawe’s Time Emporium The team behind boutique festival Winterwell presents Wilfred Bagshawe’s Time Emporium; an immersive, theatrical, gaming adventure which will culminate in a big Winterwell style party with acclaimed DJS in a sprawling converted Victorian warehouse. The Emporium of Time will transport revellers to worlds they have only been able to read about in history books and novels. Guest can expect music from internationally acclaimed DJS spinning the decks until dawn. So buckle up for the trip of a lifetime to Wilfred Bagshawe’s Time Emporium. Info: 8pm-4am, Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A 3PQ.

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DJ Karizma


One of the most innovative on the scene!

I didn’t really know how I was going to break into the music biz but I knew I would be involved in some way.”

Words: Vernia Mengot

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Party, I caught up with the accomplished international DJ Karizma. His works with Basement Boys productions has seen him remix the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Bob Sinclar, Kathy Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Ministers de la funk to name a few. Karizma has even struck out on his own and formed Kohesive Productions after a healthy career of remixes and productions. In this interview he talks about his love of music, collaborations, top DJ’s to look out for this year and what’s next on his radar. You started your career as a DJ pretty young. Had this always been your number one priority? Not really... I was supposed to be a minister, but I think God had other plans for me much to the dismay of my mother. I didn’t really know how I was going to break into the music biz but I knew I would be involved in some way. I was lucky enough to have my grandmother who would go to flea markets and pick up vinyl and my

aunt who would give me her vinyl every year or so when she would upgrade her collection. I think that’s what prepared me for what was coming. What is your favourite genre of music? I don’t really have a favourite because I was brought up listening to all kinds of music, so I always thought that the music I make or play should reflect that. Striking out on your own you formed Kohesive Productions, how did this come about? When you are in a collective of production teams, you can learn and grow, but with growth sometimes there’s separation. I knew the only way for me to feel completely whole as an artist was to get out there and do it for myself ... succeed or fail. Kohesive Productions was the vehicle for that. I’ve been blessed to be able to put my expressions (music) out and have a career and as a DJ I could see firsthand how my music affects people.

Tell us about some of the DJ’s and producers that you have worked with. I’ve worked with DJ Spen, Simbad, Atjazz, DJ Spinna, Rich Medina, Taylor McFerrin, Osunlade, Neil Pierce, Giles Peterson... the list could go on Who would you like to collaborate with next? Soul Clap, Ryan Leslie, Ogris Debris, Andre Lodemann, Eric Lau, Cajmere, Fred Everything, Charles Webster, Marc de Clive Lowe...out of those the least likely to happen is Ryan Leslie...but I’m allowed to dream. [Laughs] What tips would you give to a wannabe DJ? Always play from your gut, make sure you tell a story with music (something I think is lost in the new breed of djs) and never be afraid to take risks...If you are playing the same top ten as everyone else how are you making yourself stand out from other DJ’s. What DJ’s are hot right now? Sean McCabe, Atjazz, Craig Smith.

What has been the highlight of 2012 for you? Seeing my “Best of Karizma” album on display like real art. Let me explain- I released a best of collection and I wanted to do something different, so I hand painted all 500 covers so that every one of them would be unique and it was also my way of giving my friends and fans a part of myself. I started in 2011 and it took me the whole year to complete but it was a journey I will never forget. What have you got lined up for the New Year? I have a new album coming out on R2 Records, a mix CD for Quantize Records (DJ Spen’s label). I’m working with Atjazz to finish more stuff under our production team Exist and I’m starting my Kollaborations album as well. Info: Website: www.kaytronik. com Twitter: @KAYTRONIK Youtube: www. watch?v=WRfEJqpvVQ4 LIME MAGAZINE 2013



a position to move their careers forward.





MonologueSlam UK launches at Theatre Royal Stratford East this February. This high-octane event promises to be bigger and better than ever – don’t miss out! PRESENTED BY TRIFORCE AND


February Camden Poetry Series Ruth O’Callaghan Presents the Poets of Malika’s Kitchen. Info: 7pm, Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck Street, Camden Town, London NW1 8NJ. www.


February Spark Spark presents true stories told from the stage. With the night themed Warning Signs, expect the unusual, the hilarious, the tragic and the heart warming. Info: 7.30pm, Canal Cafe Theatre, Little Venice, London, W2 6ND.


February Young StorySlam As part of the Imagine Children’s festival the Southbank Centre presents Young StorySlam. Have you got the Literary X Factor? Are you a budding writer waiting to be heard? StorySLAM:Live will give you the chance you have been waiting for! Info: 10:30am and 1pm, Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall. www.


February London Liming Tilt’s London Liming is a spoken word


THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST MonologueSlam UK is THE ultimate showcase for actors from all backgrounds and profiles.

Open to everyone, after a lengthy audition process, 20 actors are given the opportunity to perform for a welcoming audience and a panel of people in

party transporting the cosmopolitan vibe of Trinidad ‘liming’ culture to London - a chilled-out carnival vibe where people can mix, drink and dance. UK’s best spoken word performers interspersed with Soca, Brazilian, Reggae, Hi-Life and dance tunes. With internationally acclaimed poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Tilt’s Liming patron John Agard and Jelena, a London-based Storyteller hailing from the Balkans. London Liming is an opportunity to unwind, experience the best performers around, and take part! Join in this February for a Love theme special on Valentine’s Day. There will be poetry, music and a refreshingly modern twists on love and romance that will enthrall lovers, cynics and the undecided Info: 7.30pm, www.

threaten to burst the King’s head into a thousand pieces… With customary charismatic style, The Unorthodox, Unprecedented, Preacher – TUUP - takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso, Sheema Mukherjee, to tell transglobalised versions of these stunning, 2,000 year old tales. As much an encounter as a performance, this formidable collaboration by two core members the wild world music collective Transglobal Underground, brings an 11th Century Indian fairytale to the contemporary stage. Info: 7.30pm-10pm, www.


February The King & The Corpse The Crick Crack Club presents The King & the Corpse a performance storytelling by TUUP & Sheema Mukherjee. A king is obliged to carry the corpse of a hanged man on his back – but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles


February Chill Pill South London’s coolest spoken word night returns featuring David J, Ross Sutherland and Kristiana Rae Colón, plus rising talent on the Open Mic. Info: 7.30pm, www.


March Switch Switch is a new and exciting project bringing spoken word and climate change together! If you are aged 15-18 and interested in poetry, rapping or storytelling then go along to Rich Mix every Tuesday

MonologueSlam UK was launched in London in December 2008 to provide a FREE platform for actors to practice their craft and improve their performance skills. It has continued to grow in scope and popularity and now in 2013 TriForce Promotions has linked up with Theatre Royal Stratford East to take it to a new level. Info: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN. evening and take part in their SWITCH workshops. Work with poet Charlie Dark as together you explore the themes around climate change through spoken word. SWITCH workshops are produced by Cape Farewell an arts organisation that encourages a cultural response to climate change and Apples and Snakes in partnership with Rich Mix. SWITCH is supported by DEFRA. Info: 4-6pm, www.richmix.


-15 March Editor A one woman show written and performed by Claire Murphy Morgan that asks what it is that we value and why. One day in March, a woman has her personal journal containing the most intimate reflections on the last 3 years of her life stolen. It sets her off on a journey to discover: who truly is the Editor? Is it her? The cosmos? God? Or simply a random series of arbitrary events? As she searches amongst wheelie bins and bin liners for her discarded words, Editor forces us to reconsider what we believe to be truth, and what we find when we lose... Info: 8pm, www.thealbany.

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Credit Crunch Comedy Part 7 is hosted by the charismatic host of the Sunday Comedy Club Kane Brown. Plus comedy from Slim, Wayne Dibbi Rollins, Will E Robo, Shabba, Mikey Carpenter and Sam Hastings. Info: 7.30pm, www.


February Valentines Comedy & Lovers Rock Heartbeat Entertainment proudly presents Valentines Comedy & Lovers Rock. Don’t miss The Real McCoy’s Favourite Mr Fraser & Felix Dexter, Comedy Queens Dibbi & Donna Spence alongside The Queens of Lovers Rock Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Sylvia Tella & Sandra Cross. This night will be the highlight of Valentines weekend! The Best of Both Worlds!! The Producers of The Young Kings of Comedy & The Real McCoy Comedy Xplosion! return with another great show for your diary! Book Early! Info: 8pm, www.


February Basketmouth & D’African Kings of Comedy


February Credit Crunch Comedy Part 7 After 6 consecutive sold out shows and part 6 selling out two weeks in advance Affinity Arts Entertainment returns with the 3 year anniversary special of London’s UNDISPUTED No.1 stand up comedy showcase. Miranda Hart

Africa’s most popular comedian hosts the first African Kings of Comedy in London, a comedy show featuring the hottest comedians from Africa. With comedy from Basketmouth, Ndumiso, Daliso, Bovi, Kojo and Eddie Kadi. Plus music by Timaya.


February Dong DONG, the place where Hip hop and comedy collide, is a night from the team behind the award winning Knock2Bag. Expect super dope comedians, exclusive videos, Hip Hop Karaoke and more! With Hip Hop legend and Sony Award winning DJ Big Ted on the wheels of steel. Previous guests include Beardyman, Lee Nelson, Angelos Epithemiou, Doc Brown, and Abandoman. Info: 8pm, www.richmix.


March Touch of ClassMother’s Day Special Affinity Arts Entertainment returns with the exclusive Mothers day special of the UK’s No1 Comedy & Music showcase, the show that gave you Freddie McGreggor live in Hackney Empire Touch of Class. On this night we celebrate the Mothers of the planet, our Sisters, Grandmothers, Aunts, Daughters and of course Mothers. This Mothers day special will fuse together the best in musical talent with the UK’s finest

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comedians to give you an action packed non- stop night of entertainment. With comedy from Curtis Walker, Glenda Jaxson, Slim, Quincy and Shabba. Plus live performances from the Queen of Lovers Sandra Cross - Country Living & I Adore You, Saxon Sound Man Tippa Irie - Hello Darling, UK Reggae Legend Top Cat - Love Me Ses & Over Your Body and the sweet sounds of Peter Hunnigale - Be My Lady. For one night only the popular V.I.P booths come with a Complimentary bottle of champagne and assorted cup cakes to add that Touch Of Class. Info: 8pm, www.

joined by Bajan Comedy Queen Dibbi! The Comedy Stars will be joined by The Queens of Lovers Rock; Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Sandra Cross & Sylvia Tella. In a show that will be the Highlight of International Women’s Month, It’s two Shows for the price of one!! Sing, dance & laugh with The Kings & Queens of Comedy & Lovers Rock!! Info: 8pm, www.


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March Miranda Hart- My What I Call The award winning Queen of Comedy is on stage doing stand-up for the first time since her hit series Miranda was shown on TV , grab a chance to see Miranda’s laugh out loud genius live. She wants you to join her party. Expect galloping, attempts at song and dance, and simply such fun! Info: 6.30pm, www.theo2.


March Kings & Queens of Comedy & Lovers Rock The Stars Of The Real McCoy are Back! Don’t miss Felix Dexter & The Ladies’ Favourite Mr Fraser. They will be

Hilarious Seyilaw gets ready to give the performance of a lifetime after a brilliant show last year where everyone was asking for more. Get ready to laugh till your eyes water. Info: The Discovery Centre, Jenkins Lane, off North Circular Rd, Barking, Essex IG11 0AD. www.cokobar. com


April Wahala More Comedy fun on its way as Wahala returns. Info: 7pm, www.theo2. LIME MAGAZINE 2013




Valentine’s Day Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell a popular Valentine’s Day item.

Doppelblock Fill in the grid with the numbers 1 to 4. In each row and each column is each number exactly once. There are also in each row and column two blackened cells. The numbers on the edge give the sum of the squares between the two blackened fields in the row or column respectivly.


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LAUGH OUT LOUDER! Question and Answer Valentine Jokes

Q: What do squirrels give for Valentine’s Day? A: Forget-me-nuts. Q: What did the valentine card say to the stamp? A: Stick with me and we’ll go places! Q: What did the light bulb say to the switch? A: You turn me on. Q: Did Adam and Eve ever have a date? A: No, but they had an Apple. Q: What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus? A: Can I hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand? Q: What did one snake say to the other snake? A: Give me a little hug and a hiss, honey. Knock, Knock, Who’s there? Olive Olive who? Olive you! Q: Why did the banana go out with the prune? A: Because it couldn’t get a date. Q: What is a ram’s favourite song on February 14th? A: I only have eyes for ewe, dear Q: What travels around the world but stays in one corner? A: A stamp. Q: What happens when you fall in love with a French chef? A: You get buttered up. Q: What is a vampire’s sweetheart called? A: His ghoul-friend. Q: If your aunt ran off to get married, what would you call her? A: Antelope. 46 LIME MAGAZINE 2013

Don’t make a fuss about Valentine’s Day My dearest wife is always going on and on and ON about NOT making a fuss over her on Valentine’s Day. She repeats that it’s the thought that counts. Well, I put a lot of thought into the gifts from previous February 14ths but she didn’t quite take to any of them like I assumed she would. Here’s my list - see what you think: - Brand new mop and bucket. I was thinking it would be fun to see what colour the floor was because I couldn’t remember. - Romantic dinner at fast food restaurant. I was thinking that she might like to go inside for a change instead of fetching dinner at the drive through. - Chocolates left-over from last year’s candy box. I was thinking of how proud she’d be of me for not wasting food. She’s been nagging me for years to recycle. - Midnight moped ride through the park. I was thinking that I’m getting too old to be peddling on the bike. - Dozen roses printed on high quality photo paper. One of my favourites this I was thinking these would last a lifetime instead of just a week. - 45 second back massage. I was thinking any longer and she might think I was interested in something else.


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